Pantanal Escapes

Discover Brazil's Wild Wonderland

This video is a trailer for the 2008 Brazilian film Terra Vermelha (Red Earth) directed by Marco Bechis. This tells the story of the Guarani-Kaiowá in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, near the Pantanal - showing the conflict between landowners and the indians who've been pushed to the margins. As they get pushed further out, lose their spirituality and traditions, and lose more territory, this film shows how hopelessness and suffering causes them to simply give up and die.

This was a controversial film, but it provides some insights into problems of the region and the clash of cultures.