Kaapora The Call of the Forest

Kaapora The Call of the Forest was filmed in the months of June and July 2020 at APA Kaapora, an Environmental Protection Area created by the Pataxó Hãhãhãe indigenous community, in the Caramuru Paraguaçu Indigenous Land, in the municipality of Pau Brasil, state of Bahia – Brazil.

The script for the film was written in 2018/19 and was adapted for filming due to the difficulties caused by the Covid epidemic. The filming took place in June and July 2020 so that the work could integrate the art exposition Véxoa – we know, from the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, and it was done by invitation that I received in January 2020 from the curator of the art exposition, the researcher Naine Terena and Pinacoteca for participation in Véxoa.


The film will be released at the Véxoa – we know, indigenous art exposition at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, on August 29, 2020 and internationally in 18th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

 Kaapora The Call of the Forest Movie Poster
Kaapora The Call of the Forest Movie Poster



Kaapora The Call of the Forest is an experimental narrative project about the connection of the Indigenous People with the Earth and their Spirituality, from Olinda’s point of view, developing an environmental recovery project on her people’s land. Using the indigenous cosmovision as her lens, Kaapora and other spiritual characters lead the central narrative and argumentative plot of the movie.

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The film incorporates art by indigenous and non-indigenous artists who are supporters of the indigenous cause or sympathizers with the cultures and peoples of the Americas. Among these works is Mulher Pajé 2 by artist Jaider Esbell, and for its advertising the digital painting made by Letícia Abelha originally for the film. From musical works “Kaapora O Chamado das Matas” brings original music on its musical score, Cabocla Jurema, a song by Yawar adapted by Daniel Penha for the film, as well as songs by the band Arandú Arakuaa and Gilberto Gil. The literary-musical works with assignment of use rights and their respective phonograms were kindly provided by Arandú Arakuaa and by Gege Edições Musicais / Warner Music Brasil LTDA, a Warner Music Group company.

Jaider Esbell is an artist, writer and indigenous cultural producer of the Makuxi ethnic group. Born in Normandy, state of Roraima, and lived, until the age of 18, where today is the Raposa Indigenous Land – Serra do Sol (TI Raposa – Serra do Sol) – Brazil. Before being an artist, a skill discovered in childhood, Esbell went through several paths, he believed, would lead to the full condition of manifesting his skills. 

Letícia Abelha  is an artist from Minas Gerais – Brazil, residing in Belo Horizonte. His work has as main reference the Brazilian nature, culture and spirituality. It moves between traditional painting and drawing formats, in addition to digital and experimental art. A trained journalist and Yoga teacher, she uses the image as an account of what she thinks is most important to transmit on her journey.

Arandu Arakuaa  (knowledge of the cycles of the heavens or wisdom of the cosmos, in Tupi-Guarani), started in April 2008 by Zândhio Huku. The band currently consists of Zândhio Huku (Guitar / Vocals / Viola Caipira / Indigenous Instruments), Andressa Barbosa (Bass / Vocals), Guilherme Cezario (Guitar / Vocals), João Mancha (Drums / Percussion). The band’s musicality mixes heavy metal with indigenous and regional Brazilian music, with lyrics in the Tupi, Xerente and Xavante indigenous languages, inspired by the cosmologies, wisdom and struggles of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil. In this way, seeking to contribute to the divulgation and enhancement of its cultural manifestations, underestimated over the centuries. The use of the viola caipira further enhances the Brazilianness in the sonority of Arandu Arakuaa. Zândhio uses a Viola Guitar, an instrument idealized by the musician himself. In August 2011, the band played their first show and, since then, has released their work with a 100% authorial repertoire. She was cited as an example of resistance in ecology, in a doctoral thesis in education at UNICAMP, participated in a scene for a series about the legendary Zé do Caixão, played by actor Matheus Nachtergaele and transmitted by the TV Space channel, in addition to media articles of great circulation as BBC Brasil, Uol, G1, Terra, O Globo, Correio do Povo, among others.

Gilberto Gil is the one of the greatest brazilian composer, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, music producer, known for his contribution to Brazilian music and for winning the American Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards. In 1999, he was named “Artist for Peace”, by UNESCO. In more than fifty albums released, he incorporates the eclectic range of his influences, including rock, typically Brazilian genres, African music, funk, disco and reggae music. (Wikipedia) Gil is a well-known supporter of the indigenous cause. having recorded the song “Demarcação Já” among other artists, among other support actions.

Daniel Penha is a singer, composer and multi instrumentalist from the interior of state of Bahia – Brazil. Born in Jacobina, he grew up between Quixabeira and Capim Grosso, and for this reason his art had very mixed musical influences, from elements of rural and urban music ranging from rural samba, batuque, chula, coco, baião, reggae, jazz, rock and heavy metal, not considering a fixed pattern, but maintaining a striking identity. In his works, he brings the culture of Northeastern hippie music, the Samba traditions of his region, fused to the sound of contemporary world music. His first solo album, entitled Verbo Utopia, released in November 2018, brings songs of his own, a production from the interior of Bahia

Registered in the National Cinema Agency of Brazil 
Producer: Olinda Muniz Silva Wanderley 
Director: Olinda Muniz Silva Wanderley
Ownership stakes: Olinda Muniz Silva Wanderley; 100%

Production and Direction Yawar Muniz Wanderley. 2020. Documentary / Fiction. Brazil. 00:19:57. Indigenous Peoples / Tupinambá / Pataxó Hãhãhãe / Spirituality / Earth Connection / Environmental Recovery / Kaapora Project / Life History / World View – Cognitive Perspective.

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