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Mata
Mata 2020 79 min.
Mata

The east coast of Brazil was once covered by a forest of exceptional diversity. The use of past tense is no mistake: over the last four decades the natural landscape has been decimated and the area has changed beyond recognition. The rich flora and fauna have been replaced by dense, tall, uniform eucalyptus plantations, and that has seriously affected the local ecosystem – particularly the soil and groundwater. The worst impact has been on the indigenous people who have inhabited the area for centuries. In addition to having to struggle for recognition of their rights to these areas, they are confronted with increasingly aggressive policies aimed at maximizing the exploitation of natural resources. Mata is the story of an alarming loss of biodiversity and the collective struggle of indigenous people to be able to live off the land in the way their ancestors did for hundreds of years. The documentary by filmmaking duo Ingrid Fadnes and Fábio Nascimento – who have both focused on ecological issues in their work for many years – is another wake-up call about how aggressive capitalism is causing degradation of the environment.

Ingrid Fadnes, Fábio Nascimento
Director
Director

Ingrid Fadnes, Fábio Nascimento

Screenplay

Ingrid Fadnes, Fábio Nascimento

Pictures

Ingrid Fadnes, Fábio Nascimento

Production

Brazil/Norway

Color
color
Prize
Chicago IIFF – Best Documentary on Indigenous People