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Movie Review — Parks and relocation: "Xingu"

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 5:00 am

Xingu, epic adventure, not rated, in Portuguese and Tupí with subtitles, Jean Cocteau Cinema, 2.5 chiles

Xingu National Park, created in 1961 and home to several indigenous tribes, is a protected wilderness area and reserve deep in the heart of Brazil. In the mid-20th century, tribes along the Xingu River had little contact with white men. In the 1940s, the Brazilian government led an expedition to survey the largely unexplored region. While the government was seeking to exploit natural resources along the Xingu, three brothers who took part in the expedition had other ideas. The Villas-Bôas brothers — Claudio, Orlando, and Leonardo — made efforts to contact, aid, and protect indigenous cultures threatened by development. Two of the brothers were nominated for Nobel Peace Prizes and awarded gold medals by Britain’s Royal Geographic Society. Xingu tells the story of the brothers’ adventures and their interactions with tribes along the river, many of whom would become their trusted friends.

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