A group of local Guarani indians (re-) occupies a small piece of forest that was left over by the bulldozers of Brasilian soy-and sugarcane plantations. The ranchers gather and prepare to take measures against them…
Sadly enough, the act of cowboys killing indians, or chasing them away to posess their land, did not end by the end of the 19th century in North America. In our era, right up to this day, the Wild West is located at the western frontier of Brazil, where huge soy plantations not only destroy most of the forests and all the animals living in it, but also tribes like the Guarani, the biggest indigenous tribe of Brasil. The merciless backdrop of this genocide sometimes is so strikingly similar to the historical drama that happened to the North-American indians, that Ennio Morricone’s music score of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST fits in perfectly here.
The film is based upon the words of a dramatic letter that was written by some Guarani in this occupied forest in the area of Navirai, in 2013. Its words and their desperate request, directed to the Brazilian government, created a shockwave throughout the entire Brazilian society.
Filmmakers Wiek and Diana Lenssen used the words of this letter as the base for their documentary film, by putting them together with similiar situations happening in this troublesome region of Mato Grosso do Sul.
With the hope that these words will reach out and touch the rest of the world, especially those richt parts of the world that consume all these Brasilian soybeans, as feed for their modern large scale animal and meat production systems. Countries like Holland, Germany, Spain and China….