Battle for the Xingu

Caipirinha Short Films

In addition to releasing feature documentaries, Caipirinha Productions has produced an ongoing series of short films that focus on particular issues and locations. We continue to be engaged in these various campaigns and will publish our new shorts here as soon as they are completed!

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Battle for the Xingu


The Xingu, a tributary of the Amazon, is home to over 10,000 indigenous people who rely on the river for survival. The Brazilian government, however, keen to develop the region, is proposing what would be the world's third largest hydroelectric dam, threatening to destroy the biodiversity of the Xingu River basin and deprive these people of their rights to a sustainable future.

Cultures of Resistance was in Altamira in 2008 for the Xingu Alive Encounter - one of the largest-ever gatherings of indigenous Brazilians - to witness the spectacular determination of the Amazon people to protect their way of life.

Today, plans to build the dam continue. Thankfully, so do the protests.