The Brazil­ian project VIDEO NAS ALDEIAS began its work with indige­nous groups in Brazil in 1987 and still offers train­ing today in the pro­duc­tion of doc­u­men­tary films for var­i­ous indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties; from work­ing with the camera to edit­ing film mate­r­i­al. The project was start­ed with the goal of strength­en­ing the cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty of Brazil­ian indige­nous people by offer­ing them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to rep­re­sent them­selves and to pro­mote cul­tur­al exchange with the help of their pro­duc­tions. On the one hand, their films are made for their own cul­ture, to doc­u­ment their tra­di­tions, cus­toms, dances, rit­u­als and every­day life. On the other hand, they are also meant to present their cul­ture to other ethnic com­mu­ni­ties as well as non­indige­nous soci­ety. (Eliane Fer­nan­des Fer­reira)

In 2000, VNA became itself an inde­pen­dent NGO. Its tra­jec­to­ry allowed the cre­ation of impor­tant image archives about indige­nous people in Brazil, and the pro­duc­tion of over 70 films, most of which have received nation­al and inter­na­tion­al awards.
“It is nec­es­sary to force the occi­den­tal world to rec­og­nize that there are other ways of seeing the world, of living and of think­ing and that, con­se­quent­ly, there is anoth­er way of making films beyond the com­mon­place that is the tele­vi­sion way.”
(Ruben Caix­e­ta, Anthro­pologe und Direk­tor des Belo Hor­i­zonte Doku­men­tarfilm­fes­ti­val)