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Birdwatchers [DVD]


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  • Actors: Claudio Santamaria, Alicelia Batista Cabreira, Chiara Caselli
  • Directors: Marco Bechis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OMZ53Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,802 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Mato Grosso do Sol in Brazil, a war is raging between the wealthy farming classes and the workers on their land - The indigenous Guarani- Kaiowá. Their employment prospects are bleak with little option than to work as semi-slaves. On their plantations. However when a suicide occurs it stirs up a rebellion and both sides are forced to face each other, clashing both ideologically and physically. When a deep bond between two youngsters from opposite camps begins to emerge, can their love withstand the cultural fissures of a nation.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs P on 25 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
I saw this movie at the cinema last year and am now reminded what a good film it was. What I particularly like about the film is that it shows the Guarani as real people and does not try to romanticise them as 'the noble savage'. Their teenagers are like our teenagers. They wear jeans, fall in love etc etc A real insight into what is happening in Brazil today as cattle ranchers attempt to wipe out any indigenous peoples in their way. Was pleased to see an appeal at the end of the film for the Guarani Fund set up by the director of the film with human rights organisation Survival International. One to watch for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Feb 2011
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I bought this on the strength of 'Mrs P's review; so many thanks for the heads up. This is a really unusual film for many reasons and all of them good. It tries to convey the seemingly hopeless plight of one of the indigenous "Indian" tribes in Brazil (as they are referred to in Brazil) the Guarani-Kaiowa, to give them their full title.

They want to get back to their roots which are tied up in their ancestral land, and so leave the reservation, which they feel they must do or all the future holds is death. Their lands have been taken and turned into farm land and they are clearly not welcome.

Their struggle to make sense of the new world whilst wanting to have one foot and preferably both firmly planted in what was clearly a better past is boiled down into the microcosm of this small band.

They are portrayed as regular people and not the freak show that is often the depiction of indigenous and 'non westernised' peoples. I think a lot of this is down to the excellent work of Marco Bechis whose vision and direction is responsible for the film.

Amazingly this was shot in just ten weeks with an entire cast on non actors and with no script, but as mentioned earlier this adds to the authenticity and quirkiness of the film. It is miles away from the much more famous 'City of God'City Of God (Cidade De Deus) [DVD] [2003] which is how a lot of people think of Brazil, that or street parties such as Mardi Gras. But as Brazil moves ever closer to becoming the world's fifth largest economy, films such as this become ever more important. On reflection 4.5 stars would have probably been fairer, but this will not be a film to everyone's tastes.
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By naomi warner on 18 Feb 2014
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For those interested in the effects of commercial interests and encroachment in the amazon and the devastating environmental and human consequences .A story that is not heard enough in mainstream media and show the real trauma of indigenous people .Very disturbing ,would need to join rainforest alliance or some other environmental campaign group after watching if not already a supporter
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Mar 2012
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I try to watch all World cinema films shown for free on BBC4 and BirdWatchers was no exception. Within two minutes I'd fallen in with it, its relevancy - and irreverence.

From the opening tourist-pleasing shots to when the group of indigenous Guarani Indians put on their T- shirts and board trucks to go look for work, I knew that this film had attitude and was worth sticking with. A natural wicked humour shone through from the non-professional cast, as if unscripted.

Yes, I found the suicides difficult to cope with and their subsequent cool treatment. I also found the attempts of conveying spiritual and religious interjections, with juddery camera work and awkward sound effects off-putting and misplaced.

Leaving the Reservation that's set aside for them and illegally making camp on sacred ground that's now fenced off and deforested, they fall foul of the European landowner. The landowner's children do nothing all day except swim where they like - and upsetting rituals of the tribes-people and riding scooters. They're spoilt and brattish. One of the teenage girls taunts and tries to seduce the trainee shaman, whose devout law is not to sully himself with pleasures of the flesh, let alone from another race, and definitely not from a family seen as an enemy. He's often torn with both his tribal responsibilities and his attractions for the girl. Some of these scenes don't really work very well but I suppose they did convey youthful apprehensions.

Later in the film there were quite a few skirmishes between groups and I have to confess I lost track of who/what and why they were doing what they were. It seemed to end on a frenetic note and a stark written epilogue flashes up, that is both sobering and alarming.
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