Winner of the Spirit of Independence Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Brazilian supernatural thriller directed by Darcyana Moreno Izel, “Dark Amazon” premieres tonight at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF).
Spoken in English, the flick has not yet been rated, but has been referred to as "National Geographic meets Blair Witch Project”.
Filmed in the Amazon jungle of Brazil, the story follows a documentary film crew behind a group of researchers after a breakthrough cancer cure in the heart of the rainforest.
The plot tackles issues like biopiracy (where knowledge of nature, originating with indigenous peoples, is used by others individuals or corporations, for profit, without permission from and with little or no compensation or recognition to the indigenous people themselves) and mixes it with the native legend of “Anhangá”, a shape-shifting spirit that can assume the appearance of an animal, a human, or something else entirely. Protector of the rainforest, the only way to recognize him is by his fiery eyes.
Starring Mina Olivera, Don Jeanes, Michelle Taylor, Robert Fleet and Emilio Dantas, tonight’s show of “Dark Amazon” is scheduled for 9PM at the main theatre fo the Los Angeles Film School (6363 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028)
Click here to watch a trailer.