Vincent Carelli | Documentary

2016 | 162 minutes | Brazil

Filmed over the course of 40 years, indigenous expert and filmmaker Vincent Carelli seeks out the origins of the Guaraní Kaiowá genocide. A conflict of disproportionate forces: the peaceful and obstinate insurgency of the dispossessed Guaraní Kaiowá against the powerful apparatus of agribusiness.


Filmed over the course of 40 years, indigenous expert and filmmaker Vincent Carelli seeks out the origins of the Guaraní Kaiowá genocide. A conflict of disproportionate forces: the peaceful and obstinate insurgency of the dispossessed Guaraní Kaiowá against the powerful apparatus of agribusiness. While fighting against the Brazilian Congress in order not to be evicted from their homes, the 50,000 indigenous people demand the demarcation of the space that belongs to them.

With rigorous investigative work, this Brazilian director recorded the birthplace of the resistance movement in the 1980s and tells, with his own voice and those of the indigenous people, of the social and political injustices suffered. The stunning archival historical images, new footage, both color and black and white, hearings in Brazilian Congress, and even interviews with those opposed to the Guaraní Kaiowá’s rights, reveal the crudeness with which they coexist every day: among the violation of their civil rights and the fortitude with which they confront the usurpers.

This epic documentary has become a sensation in Brazil and the ultimate testimony that unifies these unheard voices by “ethnocide actions,” the cruel synthesis of a conflict without a foreseen solution in the near future.


"Martirio demonstrates that anthropology and solidarity, emotion and reason, art and indignation, can operate hand in hand. At a time when indigenous peoples are protesting injustice from Standing Rock to Belo Monte, it is hard to think of a film with more burning relevance." — Robert Stam, Professor, New York University

"One of the definitive films about Brazil's indigenous people." — O Estado de São Paulo

Main credits

De Carvalho, Ernesto (film director)
Almeida, Tatiana (film director)
Almeida, Tatiana (screenwriter)
Carelli, Vincent (film director)
Carelli, Vincent (narrator)
Carelli, Vincent (screenwriter)
Amarelo, Papo (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Ernesto de Carvalho; editor, Tita; music, Brô MC's.

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Brasília Film Festival - Best Feature Film, Special Award from the Jur Marco Antônio Guimarães Award
São Paulo International Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Brazilian Documentary
Mar del Plata International Film Festival - Best Latin American Feature Film
Festcine Amazônia - Mapinguari Award for Best Feature Film
Festival Internacional de Cinema e Vídeo Ambiental - Best Feature Film
Montréal First Peoples Festival - Séquences Magazine Special Tribute to Vincent Carelli

DIRECTOR: Vincent Carelli


YEAR: 2016

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Portuguese; Guarani; Spanish; Indigenous languages

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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