Faked Infanticide?

Well, this is disturbing, even for me.

Christian missionary organization Youth with a Mission filmed a documentary movie called Hakani aimed at shedding light on the practice of infanticide in Brazil.

They say tribal communities are burying alive infants who have some sort of handicap.

You can watch a clip of the movie here. (Warning: It’s disturbing. And there’s nudity.)

There’s just one problem with all this.

It’s faked.

London-based Survival International said in a statement the film is “faked, that the earth covering the children’s faces is actually chocolate cake, and that the film’s claim that infanticide among Brazilian Indians is widespread is false.

“People are being taught to hate Indians, even wish them dead,” said Survival’s director, Stephen Corry.

The Indians in the movie are actors, too.

Why is this a big deal?

Stephen Corry [of Survivor International]: The film and its message are harmful. They focus on what they claim happens routinely in Indian communities, but it doesn’t. It incites feelings of hatred against Indians. Look at the comments on the YouTube site, things like, ‘So get rid of these native tribes. They suck’, and, ‘Those amazon mother f—ers burrying (sic) little kids, kill them all’. The filmmakers should be ashamed of all the harm this film is doing to the people they are trying to help.

It’s amazing how far some people will go to justify their religious mission work… There are enough problems with the world as is. No need to exaggerate anything for effect.

(Thanks to grazatt for the link!)

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