Secrets of the Tribe
  • Year2010
  • Duration97 min

In a very short space of time, the Amazonian Yanomami Indians went from being one of the last untouched tribes to amongst the most documented in history, depositing them squarely in the midst of the craziness of the twentieth century world from which they had so long been isolated. Chief amongst their visitors in the 60’s and 70’s were a string of anthropologists, bearing welcome gifts such as machetes and knives, and less welcome ones, such as diseases, to which they were all too vulnerable. Director José Padilha (Bus 174) turns his considerable talents to the science of anthropology, and by allowing feuding sects of anthropologists to air their beefs on camera, and hearing from the scarred Yanomami themselves, casts doubt on the entire enterprise. Does one man making notes about a tribe, with whom he is living and greatly influencing, really constitute scientific data? Whilst building a damning case against the field itself, Secrets of the Tribe brings to light a catalogue of increasingly horrifying crimes and misdemeanours. A Sundance sell out, Secrets is gripping stuff.

“The egos, the inconsistencies and the battle of the minds keep the narrative moving forward at superb speed.” – Moving Pictures


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  • Director(s): José Padilha
  • Producer(s): Mike Chamberlain, Carol Nahra, Marcos Prado
  • Country: United Kingdom, Brazil
  • Language: English
  • Format: Video HDCAM 1080p/29.97p
  • Premiere status: None
Director Filmography
Garapa
2008
Elite squad
2007
Bus 174
2002
Facing The Jaguar
2002
Pantanal Cowboys
2001
Credits
Executive Producer(s):
Nick Fraser, Sheila Nevins
Editor(s):
Felipe Lacerda
Cinematographer(s):
Lula Carvalho, Reinaldo Zangrandi
Music(s):
Joao Nabuco
Sales Contact
Name
Mike Chamberlain
Job Title
Producer
Company
Stampede Limited
Email
mike@stampede.co.uk
Phone
+44 1582727330
Website
<a href="http://www.stampede.co.uk" target="_blank">www.stampede.co.uk</a>