Documentary directed by Brazilian to be shown at Sundance

13:50, January 22, 2010      

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"Secrets of the Tribe," a documentary directed by Brazilian Jose Padilha and produced by BBC, will be shown on Friday at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the United States.

The film, which beat hundreds of competitors on its way to Sundance, investigates a controversial study of the Indians of the Yanomami tribes in the Amazon Basin conducted by French anthropologists in the 1960s and 1970s.

"It's the first movie I do outside Brazil, and it involves an issue that I had not treated yet and has always interested me: the philosophy of science," Padilha told Brazilian newspaper Gazeta do Povo in a recent interview.

According to him, the documentary discusses anthropology from a critic point of view, analyzing the research, debates and scandals that involved and keep on involving the ethnography of Yanomami Indians of Venezuela.

A review posted on the Sundance website said the director "brilliantly employs two provocative strategies to raise unsettling questions about the boundaries of cultural encounters."

Padilha made his debut at Sundance in 2000 as the producer of the film "The Charcoal People." He returned to Sundance in 2003 with "Bus 174."

Another Brazilian presence at this year's Sundance Festival will be the movie "Waste Land," which depicts the work of Brazilian artist Vik Muniz.

A total of 271 films from dozens of countries are being shown at this year's Sundance Festival, and 82 of them will make their world premieres there, including "Secrets of the Tribe."

Forty-four directors will make their debuts at the festival which runs from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31.

Source: Xinhua
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