What happens when your land is being claimed as event zone for the two biggest sport events of the planet? A question that applies to the multi-ethnic urban Indigenous community of Aldeia Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as they face increased pressure ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Indigenous group lives right next to the sport stadium that stages the finals of both sport events. They wish to maintain their land as an Indigenous meeting place, like it has been since the early 20th century, but that does not correspond with the plans of the Brazilian authorities and the corporations coming with the sport events. From within the Indigenous settlement, the film explores how the arrival of the sport events is being experienced, how the pressure rises and how the community resists.
David Bert Joris Dhert is a Belgian documentary filmmaker, researcher and visual artist working on the theme of Indigenous land conflicts and politics/economical ethics in the post-colonial era. Resulting from long term involvement and collaboration with communities, the output of a project is made to cross borders of disciplines and epistemologies. David’s work has been invited for film festivals as well as for contemporary art exhibitions and for anthropological symposia. He is based in Belgium and Australia, where he is currently in the research stage for a forthcoming film.