||Produced by Granada Television International. 1989.
Early in 1989 the Kayapo rallied other Brazilian Indians to attend a reunification of the tribes at Altamira·the proposed site of a massive hydro-electric dam, that will flood large parts of the Xingu valley. The gathering also served as a media event as the Kayapo and their allies demonstrated their case to the assembled international press. The film focuses on the Kayapo's ability to manipulate the media, including Chief Rop-ni stage-managing his entrance to arrive with the pop star Sting. However, much of the power of this film, made for Granada Television's Disappearing World series, comes from the tensions that revolve around the intricate planning behind the Altamira meeting. A Kayapo warrior, Pakayan, brings together previously hostile and warring factions in a common cause. Tension mounts when, only days before the conference, he is rushed to hospital for major surgery, and must force himself from his hospital bed to ensure the survival of the alliance he has carved.
1 videocassette (52 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in
Disappearing World Series
Filmmaker: Michael Beckham
Anthropologist: Terence Turner
Subject Kayapo Indians' resistance to Brazilian government dam construction project