TUÃ INGUGU (Water Eyes)

 by Daniela Thomas
10:37 minutes |Documentary |Brazil|2019

As the Xingu indigenous people live in close symbiosis with water, rivers in Sao Paulo are perishing due to worrying levels of water pollution from chemicals used in the agro-business and plastic industry. This short movie captures the relationship between the Xingu community and their river, and the emotions of one of them when he is taken to see the Sao Paulo rivers. TuãInguguisa poetic movie to denounce water pollution and the challenging prospects for the future of both indigenous people and city folks.

NarratorFaremaKalapalo, KanhoMatipu

Production Staff

Director Daniela Thomas
Producer Daniel Van Hoogstraten
CinematographyLeo Bittencourt
Sound RecordingJulianoZoppi
Production Luciano Salim
Editing Daniel Thomas


Daniela Thomas is a director, playwright, set designer, screenwriter and art director. She co-directed several films with Walter Salles. In 2009, she co-directed with Felipe Hirsch the feature Sunstroke. Vazante (2017, premiered at the Berlinale) was her solo debut in directing a feature. Daniela was also one of the directors of the collective films Paris, Je T’aime(2006), Stories On Human Rights(2008), Half The Sky(2018) and Interdependence (2019).

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