A lot is said about the importance of preserving the Amazon Rainforest, the world’s largest tropical forest. But how much is known about the forest and those who live in it?

To help with this, Videocamp – which believes movies have the power to inform and change the world – picked seven films that help point the way to the preservation of the Amazon while teaching about the different cultures of the region’s native peoples.

1 – Waapa
This documentary offers an immersion into the childhood of the Yudja people in the Xingu Indigenous Park, and the care that goes into their development. Play, community life, and the influences of a spiritual relationship with nature are presented as the elements that guide these children’s body and soul.
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2 – As Hiper Mulheres (The Hyperwomen)
Worried that his wife will die soon, an old man asks his nephew to organize a Jamurikumalu, the biggest feminine ritual in the Upper Xingu region, so she may sing one last time. The women in the village start the rehearsals, but the only singer that knows all the songs is deathly ill.
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More than 10 indigenous women form a line, wearing headdresses made of red and yellow feathers, with small feathers tied around their painted arms, and wearing necklaces that cover their breasts. They are walking and seem to be dancing in a ritual.

A still from the film The Hyperwomen, directed by Carlos Fausto, Leonardo Sette and Takumã Kuikuro (Photo: Vídeo nas Aldeias)

3 – O Brasil grande e os índios gigantes (Big Brazil and the Giant Indians)
This documentary by Aurélio Michiles tells the story of the Krenakarore people, and shows the violent changes that happened in their lives after they made contact with the “white man.” It includes interviews with the anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro, the economist Roberto Campos, the former president of Funai General Ismarth de Araújo, as well as journalists and experts. There are also interviews with Orlando and Cláudio Villas-Boas, the first white men to make contact with the Krenakarore, who describe their efforts to reach the tribe and help them survive.
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4 – The Golden People are All of Us
A Tupi-Guarani tale about the creation of the world. A German youth orchestra conductor. A musical, social and cultural encounter. The power of myth and music breaking down language barriers. The meeting of two phases of the same creation.
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5 – Eternal Amazon
The film Eternal Amazon exposes misconceptions and points to paths humanity can take to understand the world’s largest tropical forest in all its aspects: social, political and economic. It is possible to translate the forest’s value into a monetary sum, but not without ignoring its preservation and balance. The forest must be sustainable as an ecosystem and as a business. This difficult calculation is discussed by businessmen, politicians, environmentalists, economists, and local and indigenous populations – the guardians of ancients models for how to use the forest with little environmental impact, heirs to nature’s generosity but excluded from statistics and basic public policies.
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Four shirtless indigenous children, appearing to be between 5 and 7 years old, stand next to each other and smile to the camera. They are behind a wooden fence, appearing only from the waste up.

An image from the film Eternal Amazon, directed by Belisário França (Photo: Giros/Agência Tudo)

6 – Baré, Povo do Rio (Baré, the River People)
The Baré live along the Xié River and the upper Rio Negro in the Amazon. Originally descending from the Aruak linguistic family, today they speak Nheengatu, a language spread by missionaries during the colonial period, and are part of the cultural region known as the Northeastern Amazon. This documentary follows them during their traditional customs and ancient rituals, such as the dabucuri, an exchange ritual, and the kariamã, a ritual of initiation into adult life where knowledge and advice about how to live with the forest are passed down to younger generations.
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In the left corner of the image, an elderly indigenous man, shirtless and wearing a colorful bead necklace, looks to the right side of the image as he uses his right hand to put food in the mouth of another indigenous man. This man is younger, with his face painted in red and black stripes. In the back are other indigenous men, out of focus.

A still from the documentary Baré, the River People, directed by Tainara Toffoli

7 – Ehcimakî Kirwañhe: um debate na saúde indígena (Ehcimakî Kirwañhe: a debate on indigenous health)
This documentary discusses the organization and operations of the indigenous health network in the western part of the state of Pará, in the Amazon region. The film features indigenous health workers, professionals from the Indigenous Health Support Home, physicians and other public health professionals. Discussions and reflections on the use of traditional medicine, the demand for indigenous health services, and relationships between different cultures are presented based on Brazil’s National Policy for Humane Health Assistance.
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The full list of films is available for everyone on the Videocamp platform, all you have to do is organize a public screening. That is, watch it with others, talk about the subject, connect with people and broaden your view on the issue.

Holding a free public screening is easy: register on Videocamp, pick a movie from their catalogue, and click on ‘Organize a screening.’ You must inform where and when the screening will take place and guarantee an attendance of at least 5 people. All the information for your screening will be available on your profile page. This video explains the process step by step.

Videocamp is a free online platform that helps movies intended to have a transformative impact reach the largest number of people possible. By offering a variety of films to the public, Videocamp democratizes access to culture and information through free public screenings that can be held by anyone, anywhere in the world. For producers, the platform strengthens audience engagement and serves as a promotional tool within a film’s release strategy.