BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi
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BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi
A group of indigenous people face off against the modern day owners of their ancestral homeland in this drama from Italian filmmaker Marco Bechis. The Guarani Indians are the native peoples of central Brazil, and though a handful of them still cling to the ways passed down by their ancestors, most have been forced to live on a reservation far from their native habitat and wear traditional face paint and loincloths for the sake of tourists and bird watchers in order to earn a living. Depression and suicide is common among the Guarani, and Osvaldo (Abrisio da Silva Pedro) and Ireneu (Ademilson… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bechis, a former political exile from Argentina with a clear anti-colonialist bent, may be angered by the Guarani's plight, but his movie - like these people - is contemplative, patient and forcefully determined."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Writer-director-producer Marco Bechis's absorbing story of struggle and survival carries its committed ethnographic and political passions lightly."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Makes its point very effectively in the first 10 minutes and has subsequent difficulties convincing as a full-length narrative feature; a documentary treatment could have been more illuminating."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"A timely and subtly powerful piece of film-making."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"The devastating effects of European colonialism are confronted head on in this thoughtful, crusading film."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Birdwatchers is impressively filmed and never less than interesting. If it has a weakness, it's that this is a familiar sermon: Save the rain forest. Respect its inhabitants."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Birdwatchers is a nicely crafted piece of storytelling that is sad, but fascinating."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"BirdWatchers just about manages to hold your interest, but it can't seem to decide whether it's a contemporary western or a retelling of Romeo and Juliet."
‑ Toby Young, Times [UK]
"Marco Bechis' crusading film sets up some fairly predictable clashes. But it's redeemed by the casting of actual Guarani tribespeople in the lead roles - and as actors, the Guarani prove themselves superb naturals."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Birdwatchers is dark, but it's important, too, and both artistically and politically compelling."
‑ , Daily Telegraph
"Momentarily, it feels as if the Guarani could win this fight and maybe give it to globalization on the shins."
‑ Justin Berton, San Francisco Chronicle
"Birdwatchers is an unusual and sympathetic exploration of a diminishing society driven to near extinction by capitalism and colonialism. And if it provokes action, then it's a job well done."
‑ Lee Griffiths, Little White Lies
"Bechis may not be the greatest cinematic stylist around, but his heartfelt purpose is there for all to see."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Bechis bequeaths us a landscape scattered with enigmas, jigsaw pieces for us to complete our own picture."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"By the end, it is leaning towards melodramatic simplification; but its broad sympathies, startling landscapes and non-professional cast make up for that."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
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