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In 2013, four rolls of film were found at the Indigenous Museum in Rio de Janeiro. The footage features the 1970 graduation of the Indigenous Rural Guard, Brazil’s first and only Indigenous battalion. Created at the height of repression under Brazilian military dictatorship, the militia’s graduation consisted of 97 Indigenous people, clad in uniform and gesturing like the country’s police.

Today, more than 30 years after the end of Brazillian dictatorship, viewing these images causes a kind of vertigo, and it is this vertigo that is at the heart of Miguel Antunes Ramos’ film. In its search for these guards—their bodies, their histories and their memories—The Arrow and the Uniform is also an exploration of the fractures, the silences, the remains and the sustained losses in the violence of Brazillian history.

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  • Runtime
    86 minutes
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  • Premiere
  • Director
    Miguel Antunes Ramos
  • Producer
    Mayra Lucas, Angelo Ravazi, Paulo Serpa
  • Editor
    Luisa Lanna and Miguel Antunes Ramos