As the only Brazilian film selected in Berlinale’s Panorama sidebar, documentary “The Last Forest” by Luis Bolognesi hopes to shine a blazing light on the grave issues affecting the Amazon and its indigenous inhabitants.
Since taking office in 2019, populist president Jair Bolsonaro has allowed gold prospectors to exploit these lands despite a law meant to protect them. Deforestation of the Amazon has more than doubled during his tenure. The gold miners have also polluted the waters and brought diseases, including COVID-19, to these remote villages.
“The Last Forest” focuses on the Yanomami tribe who live in the Brazilian-Venezuelan border region, where Bolognesi, an anthropologist-documentarian, combines observational footage with staged sequences developed with shaman Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, one of the most renowned spokespersons for the Yanomami who has spoken at Harvard and before the Swedish and U.K….