RODRIGO ARAJEJU is a communicator at the independent production company 7G Documenta and produces films in support of indigenous rights in Brazil. Since 2014, he has been spending time with the Kaiowa people in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, where he has made documentary reports and films about the fight to reclaim ancestral lands and the lives lost in the process. In the short TEKOHA – sonido de la tierra / TEKOHA – sound of the earth, he shared the screenwriting and direction with the leader Valdelice Veron (Xamiri Nhupoty).
VALDELICE VERON is indigenous to the Kaiowa people. She is a member of the Continental Council of the Guaraní Nation and of the Aty Guasu Kaiowa and Guaraní Council. For the part she played in her people’s struggle to reclaim their land in Mato Grosso do Sul, she has been threatened with death and is part of the federal programme for the protection of defenders of human rights in Brazil. She was the protagonist-narrator of the medium-length film ÍNDIO CIDADÃO? / INDIAN CITIZEN? (Brazil, 2014, 52 min.) and one of the protagonists of the short film ÍNDIOS NO PODER / INDIANS IN POWER (Brazil, 2015, 21 min.), films by the director Rodrigo Arajeju. She started as a screenwriter and director in TEKOHA – sonido de la tierra (Brazil, 2017, 20 min.), a film that explores the relationship of the Kaiowa people in the struggle for their rights.