TRAILER: Jose Padilha's 'Secrets of the Tribe'

on February 16, 2013

The big film on Elite Squad director Jose Padilha's radar is his reboot of RoboCop, which stars The Killing's Joel Kinnaman and Samuel L. Jackson and is scheduled for a 2014 release. But in 2010, the same year that Padilha came to global attention when Elite Squad 2 broke box office records in Brazil, the director kicked off an unusual project: a documentary on the Yanomami tribe from a wedge of the Amazon River that straddles Brazil and Venezuela. The tribe came to fame in two curious and contradictory ways: as the focus of controversial anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon's study Yanomami: The Fierce People, and as the supposed subjects in the gory 1980 horror film Cannibal Holocaust. Padilha's documentary, Secrets of the Tribe, is meant to be a more honest and longform exploration of the Yanomami culture starting with the increased attention it received after Chagnon's book was published in the '60s. Secrets of the Tribe will be released in Brazilian theaters on 2/22. 


Watch the trailer for Secrets of the Tribe.

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