Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival


The Invention of the Other

A boat glides slowly towards the thickest jungle of the Amazon in Western Brazil, close to the borders of Peru and Colombia. In Vale do Javari, illegal fishing, mining, poaching and logging are all rampant, as is the drug trade. The region is also of great interest to those concerned with the study and preservation of native tribes, as it is home to the largest concentration of isolated tribes in the world.

In 2019, an expedition team of Funai, a governmental protection agency, traveled to Vale do Javari to try to contact one of these tribes. Lead by indigenist Bruno Pereira, the mission aimed to establish a relationship between Funai and the Korubo tribe, to reunite members of the community who had been separated from the tribe years ago, to monitor their health and to facilitate peace with the Mati tribe. They were accompanied by director Bruno Jorge, who recorded this historic mission, creating a picturesque, enchantingly unique and anthropologically significant film. 

Despite the high-risk nature of the expedition, the filmmaker captures these tense encounters patiently. The camera follows people’s expressions, gestures and movements, sometimes even a bit too closely. The film examines its subjects but does not try to explain them. There is an air of colonialism, as the spotlight moves repeatedly to Bruno Pereira strolling confidently in the rainforest – until the viewer is reminded of who Pereira really was.

Sissi Korhonen (translated by Mira Sairanen)

Content warning: hunting imagery

Original Title: A Invenção Do Outro
Language: Portuguese, Korubo
Subtitles: English
Length: 144 min
Age Limit: K16
Year: 2022
Production Country: Brazil

Director: Bruno Jorge
Producer: Bruno Jorge
Production Company: De Bubuia Cine
Distribution Company: Utopia Docs
Screenplay: Bruno Jorge
Editing: Bruno Jorge
Cinematographer: Bruno Jorge
Music: Bruno Palazzo