The Speech of the Chief

(A Fala do Cacique) New short version
Brazil | 2015 | 5 min | Documentary
Directors & Producers: Marcia Gomes de Oliveira and Norbert G. Suchanek
Language: Portuguese | Subtitles: English

Most people think that in Brazil there are indigenous peoples only in the Amazon. But in fact there are indigenous people like the Guarani Mbyá of Rio de Janeiro all over Brazil. This film presents the strong 94 year old chief of the Guarani Mbyá and his strong prophetic speech about nuclear energy, ecology and future. The Brazilian Government has build two nuclear power plants (Angra 1 and 2) on the traditional land of the Guarany Mbya and is now constructing the third plant, Angra 3, at the same place. The indigenous name of that place is Itaorna, which means wrotten rock. 

Director's Biography: Márcia Gomes de Oliveira, born in Rio de Janeiro, is Social Scientist, Documentary Filmmaker, co-founder and director of the International Uranium Film Festival. Since the beginning of her career she is working with the indigenous peoples of Brazil. From 2001 on she has a special relationship with the indigenous Guarani Mbyá people in the State of Rio Janeiro, one of the last surviving indigenous peoples of the Atlantic Rainforest in the Southeast of Brazil. The original 20 min film "The Speech of the Chief" was her first film and was selected for six international film festivals.