Secrets of the Tribe
In the 60's and 70's several anthropologists travelled to the Amazon to study the Yanomami Indians, a tribe which lived far off in the jungle between Venezuela and Brazil untouched by modern civilization. 40 years later some of these anthropologists still fight about methods, ethics and accusations of pedophilia and genocide. SECRET OF THE TRIBES is a thought provoking documentary about irrational behavior amongst supposedly rational academics.
Brasilian film director José Padilha studied economics and politics in Rio de Janeiro, and English literature and international politics at Oxford. His debut feature, BUS 174 (2002), about a bus hijacking in Brazil, was exceptionally well received by the international critics. His second film, TROPA DE ELITE (2007), won the Golden Bear award at the international film festival in Berlin. The film chronicles the lives of a band of special agents in the slums of Rio de Janeiro in their enduring fights against the drug lords. A sequel to this film is in postproduction. His last film SECRET OF THE TRIBES was launched at the Sundance film festival this year.