Anti-Criterion Challenge: boxd.it/kpevo
19. Directed by an Indigenous director whose work you haven’t seen before
This is one angry film. And rightly so. Nũhũ yãg mũ yõg hãm: This Land Is Our Land! is a Brazilian documentary about the Maxakali or Tikmu'un people in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. The documentary explores the difficulties faced by these Indigenous people in response to the encroachment of non-Indigenous people into their traditional territories and the ensuing vigilante violence that has resulted over centuries.
One area that this film does extremely well is in showing how the local landscape has been drastically reshaped by the influx of non-Tikmu'un people (in this instance significant deforestation in favour of agribusiness) and how the Tikmu'un have been displaced and squeezed out.
As powerful as this film is, I kind of wish it had been an extended short. Some of the material becomes repetitive, which dilutes the dynamism of a topic with universal appeal.