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Lost and Hungry in the Amazon: a Yanomami Story

Ten thousand years ago we were all hunter-gatherers. Now, the Yanomami Indians are the last large group of semi-nomadic hunter gathers remaining on earth.

What happened when Hugo Chavez decided to bring remote Yanomami Indians from the Amazon into modern Venezuelan society? The filmmakers have been documenting the path of one Yanomami village in the Venezuelan Amazon, from November, 2000 to December, 2020. This period coincided with the rise and fall of the Venezuelan economy and the related Chavez socialist revolution. The challenges and changes for the people in this village as a result of these forces... compressing thousands of years of adaptation into two decades... created dramatic conflicts still unresolved.

  • Cliff Orloff
    "Afghanistan: Winning the War, Losing the Peace", "Cut from Different Cloth: Burqas & Beliefs"
  • Rafael Hernandez
  • Cliff Orloff
    "Cut from Different Cloth: Burqas & Beliefs"
  • Cliff Orloff
    "Yanomami: From Machetes to Mobile Phones"
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  • Runtime:
    49 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 7, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    85,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Student Project:
Director - Cliff Orloff, Rafael Hernandez