The documentary film Natives (Eu Nativo) shows aspects of the indigenous lives of the Kayapó, Potiguara, Tabajara, Fulni-ô and Pankararu tribes, located in the north and northeast of Brazil. The film, released in January 2022, features stunning images of the natural beauty that surrounds the villages where the ethnic groups live, and surprising testimonials about how natives suffer from racial prejudice and discrimination by non-indigenous society. It is a sensitive reflection on native individuals, who rarely have the opportunity to talk about their emotions and sadness.

Running time: 71 min.

  • Ulisses Rocha
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    Documentary on indigenous peoples
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    1 hour 11 minutes 11 seconds
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    January 4, 2022
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    10,000 USD
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    Blackmagic 6K Pro
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Director Biography - Ulisses Rocha

Ulisses Rocha is a Brazilian filmmaker and a former senior repórter, in Brazil’s television channels. In 2013 he produced and directed the documentary Single Moms (Mães Solteiras) and in 2021 Hinterland (Sertão), both feature films. Single Moms was selected by the Golden Tree International Documentary Festival, in Frankfurt. Natives is the third of his career, but he has produced and directed several documentaries for brodcasting. The diretor is also PhD in Media Communication and Master Degree in Communication.

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Director Statement

I like filming people. The characters that attract me are those from everyday life and who are part of an unglamorous world. It was very pleasing to be close to indigenous ethnic groups and to be able to show their relationship with the land and the nature. The participation of the tribes, in the film, was with this purpose, that they could show how they are and how they feel, in the face of the indifference of many people, of urban societies. It was very important to discover the affinities we all have as human beings and therefore realize how much we are equal. What changes are cultural traditions.