A Voice For Life
Buried alive because her tribe thought she had no soul. Plucked from the grave at the last moment by her brother. Then forced to live as a social outcast for three long years until sickness and neglect brought her once again to the doorway of death...
This is the story of Hakani – whose name means "smile" – one of hundreds of children who are targeted for death each year amongst Brazil's 200 plus indigenous tribes. Physical or mental handicaps, being born a twin or triplet or being born out of wedlock – all are considered valid reasons for taking a child's life.
A growing number of indigenous people are rising up to fight this practice. But when they seek help from the government, they are told that their children are not protected by Brazilian or international law, and that preserving culture is more important than saving individual lives.
In 2007 PhotogenX partnered with Brazilian based anti-infanticide organization Atini, beginning a campaign that would see amazonian communities recognized as Brazilian citizens so that families not wishing to kill their children due to cultural pressure would have grounds to say NO. In the past three years loads of progress has been made in large part to this movie and accompanying photographic book that speaks of the issue of infanticide. Yet the struggle for establishing the most basic of human rights for Brazil's most vulnerable still continues.
Will you lend your voice to stop infanticide?