BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi
BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 1, 2008
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Writer-director-producer Marco Bechis's absorbing story of struggle and survival carries its committed ethnographic and political passions lightly.

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Catherine Bray

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

Birdwatchers is a nicely crafted piece of storytelling that is sad, but fascinating.

Toby Young
Times (UK)

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.

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Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle

Momentarily, it feels as if the Guarani could win this fight and maybe give it to globalization on the shins.

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Lee Griffiths
Little White Lies

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.

Andrew Pulver

Bechis may not be the greatest cinematic stylist around, but his heartfelt purpose is there for all to see.

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