“I feel much fear for the future,” the Brazilian director says. AFP / Christophe SIMON
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In "The Lingering Now," Jatahy carefully examines the painful complexities of a refugee's existence. It earned her a standing ovation at the Avignon Festival in southern France.There, she denounced what she termed a "campaign of criminalization" of artists in her own country since the arrival in Brazil's presidential palace in January of former army captain Jair Bolsonaro.For Jatahy, the world of theater has oscillated between "anesthesia, as we are still in a state of shock, and the production of numerous plays which do talk about the situation.Closer to home for Jatahy, she also elicits the life stories of two Kayapo Indians from Brazil's Amazonia."Odysseus is each of us while the Cyclops," the one-eyed giant who clashes with Odysseus in Greek mythology as narrated by Homer in the epic poem, "can be dictators, tanks of war," Jatahy says.She began working on her latest oeuvre before Bolsonaro took office and initially wanted to film Venezuelan refugees in Brazil.In the same state, ethnic Arara have been complaining that land reserved for Brazil's indigenous peoples has been regularly plundered by wood traffickers since Bolsonaro took office.
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