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An indigenous tribe try to take some land back in rural Brazil, with mixed consequences

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In the Brazilian hinterland a group of indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá, weary of being penned into a cramped tribal reservation, decide to reoccupy a tract of their ancestral land.

Not surprisingly, this doesn’t amuse the white landowner – and still less, when his teenage daughter starts an affair with the tribe’s apprentice shaman.

Marco Bechis’ crusading film sets up some fairly predictable clashes. But it’s redeemed by the casting of actual Guarani tribespeople in the lead roles – and as actors, the Guarani prove themselves superb naturals.

That title? It satirises the European tourists that come to gawp at the wildlife, for whom the Guarani rank with jaguars and macaws as exotic photo fodder.