The Idea

The system of persecution, devastation and exclusion against the native population is a not a new issue in Argentina. The country developed itself into a modern nation, implementing the premise that the whites were superior, more civilized and with more (if not with more than basically 'with') rights than the natives. That is why the new outrage is only part of the racism which caused the official version of history, which is generally reproduced in TV, in schools, in the cinemas, in culture.

Bayer and a team of historians analyze the history of structural racism and exclusion in Argentina. After the purchase of the domains' finca through the Benetton corporation, the Curinaco family was expelled in 2002 from Leleque, where they used to live all their life. They, as all the natives who were living on their ancestral lands, were not in possession of property titles. The lands were of communitarian use.  With the arrival of the Spanish first, and the Creoles and foreigners later, who in the name of the Argentinean State, proclaimed themselves as the owners of the natives' lands, systematical expropriation and/or killings of the indigenes took place. Nowadays Argentina is integrated in the global economy: there is soy cultivation in the center, the north, the east and the west of the country and cotton industry in the South to be exported to the international markets. This goes hand in hand with major concentration in the property of ground, closing communal walking paths and as well as the direct access to rivers, lakes, etc. The 'agricultural border' extends towards untouched nature and again expropriation of the indigenous peoples is part of the present of our nation.

The 77 minutes' documentary is based on three pillars: 1. Profound historical-economical investigation based on interviews and archive material (investigation team was led by Osvaldo Bayer) 2. Comparative analysis 3. Cosmovision, arts, culture of different native populations.