Yanomami: From Machetes to Mobile Phones

58 minutes / Colour / 2012
Directed by
Cliff Orloff and Olga Shalygin

Country of production United States

The Yanomami Indians are one of the last large relatively unacculturated indigenous groups remaining in the world. In November 2000 filmmakers Orloff and Shalygin documented the lives of a small group of Yanomami living along the banks of the Siapa River. Ten years later the filmmakers return to the same village to document the changes they observe. As the outside world encroaches into Yanomami land, the tension between these two worlds is revealed. The desire to retain Yanomami customs and traditions becomes difficult to reconcile with their attraction to the material goods available in the modern world.

Language and subtitles Spanish English Yanomani

Location(s) depicted Amazonia

Region South America

Country Venezuela

Keywords Indigenous peoples / First Nations peoples Material Culture Social Change