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Brazil Indigenous Film Festival 2021
Institute of Contemporary Arts
August 2022
22 – 24 October 2021 

The inaugural edition of the Brazil Indigenous Film Festival presents a dozen-strong selection of films made by and with Indigenous filmmakers from Brazil – from shorts to features, non-fiction works to animations.

Timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, and presented by the ICA in partnership with People’s Palace Projects, Queen Mary University of London, and The University of Manchester, the festival amplifies the often-unheard voices of Brazil’s Indigenous peoples – celebrating their heritage and asserting their rights to land and cultural expression, which have both been brazenly dismantled and vilified under Brazil’s current government.

The filmmakers address these issues and others both poetically and provocatively in these three programmes, which seek to start conversations about our role in preserving the planet – and to ensure the rights of Indigenous peoples are at the forefront of such discussions.

A portion of the opening night and weekend box office income was donated to the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)

Support Indigenous people in Brazil through the work of the APIB here


Friday 22 October, 6:30pm
Four shorts about Indigenous struggles for the right to land.

Saturday 23 October, 4:20pm
From sport to religion, myths to social narratives, this four-film programme documents and celebrates the Maxakali and Kisedjê peoples in rural Brazil – and shows that while rituals may be political, the political can also be ritualistic.

Sunday 24 October, 4:20pm
Four films documenting and celebrating the historical, social and philosophical perspectives of Indigenous communities across Brazil.