2023 | Brazil | Documentary

Holding Up The Sky

  • English, Portuguese 60 mins
  • Director | Pieter Van Eecke

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The tropical rainforest is disappearing, the Earth is warming up and gold miners are polluting rivers. Davi Kopenawa, shaman, chief and spokesperson for the Yanomami, has been always fighting these. He also escalates the fight with his son to an international level to defend their country against the invaders when Brazilian President Bolsonaro announces that industries can set up in the Amazon on Yanomami territory.

He travels the world defending his people against an endless colonization. And one of his best selling books "The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman" describes cultural repression, environmental destruction, and deaths caused by epidemics and violence by his encounters with government officials, missionaries, and others.

Do the Whites understand that the fall from the sky will not only crush the Yanomami?

rainforest amazon climate change mining pollution indigenous shaman yanomami colonization repression destruction environmental epidemic violence