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Our Rights


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From the Indians in Brazil series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Vincent Carelli
color, 18 min, 2000




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Our Rights outlines the rights guaranteed to indigenous people by the 1988 Constitution of Brazil: right to land, health, education in their own language and free organization of their communities. Statements from the leader of the Federation of Indigenous Organizations from Rio Negro (FOIRN) and leaders from indigenous tribes such as Kaiowá, Kaxinawá, Yanomami, Ashaninka and Kaingang reiterate the need for this legislation to be enforced on a practical level, while praising its respect for cultural differences. The video also shows some popular perceptions of indigenous people in Brazil, not all of them accurate. Indigenous leaders say that Indians need more central organization, labor skills and cultural self-esteem in order to gain the strength and respect they deserve.

other films from the Indians in Brazil series:
Who Are They?
Our Languages
Have a Nice Trip, Ibantu!
When God Visits the Village
A Different Story
Our Territory
Children of the Land
From the Other Side of the Sky



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