French Filmmaker Faces 8 Lawsuits in Brazil for Documentary on Fishing Village

    Parajuru's fishermen in jangada

    Parajuru's fishermen in jangada French documentary maker José Huerta is facing eight legal proceedings, including one criminal charge, along with a 60,000 euro (US$ 76,000) fine for damages over a film he made in 2008 about tourist development and its harmful effects on Parajuru, a small fishing village in the state of Ceará in Brazil’s Northeast.

    The criminal trial relates to alleged defamatory remarks that are not in the documentary.

    The freedom of press organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged courts in Brazil not to give way to pressure and endorse an act of censorship against the film.

    “If José Huerta is within his rights on the substance, we urge the justice system in Ceará state hearing the case not to give way to any pressure, particularly financial, and sanction an act of censorship,” RSF said.

    “We have seen A Week in Parajuru and we can guarantee the director’s determination to be objective,” RSF said. “It gives voice both to the representatives of the Austrian promoters who are behind the tourist development in Parajuru and to people from the region.”

    Huerta does not, through the film, seek to oppose development at any price. He stresses, with good reason, the lack of consultation with the local community on the part of the Austrian group, headed by Gisele Wisniewski.

    He highlights the social and environmental problems with this kind of investment, noting that some activities/practices have been declared illegal by federal authorities. He also points out, without making any accusations against the promoters he filmed, the possible ill effects of mass tourism.

    Although she appeared briefly on film, Gisele Wisniewski refused to reply to José Huerta’s questions. The film maker did however question close associates.

    To demonstrate his good faith, Huerta even organized a screening of the film in Parajuru, open to all those involved, in April 2009. It was following this screening that a complaint was laid against him leading to the opening, in July 2009, of eight legal proceedings that he was notified of in January.

    There is nothing to justify any legal proceeding against this work, even less its seizure or censorship,” said RSF. RSF wondered whether the promoters’ stance might be linked to the fact that someone close to Gisele Wisniewski was accused of a financial scandal in Austria in September 2009 (Buwog Affäre) and that embezzled money could have been reinvested in Parajuru.

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    Trailer – http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcon77_teaser-une-semaine-a-parajuru_news

    See also the website of the campaign in support of the film – http://www.vagalume.fr/campagneparajuru/Accueil.html

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    • Simpleton

      This a holes crew
      was taking “free” license on some photo ops on the beach. I tried to push back a bit as there were some of us that just weren’t going to allow our inclusion and other less congnizant people and families near by that didn’t know these goons should be giving them at least some kind of renumeration for their presence in the stills and film clips that were being taken without even asking. I basically only suceseded in chasing the bturds off the beach when they got my message through interpreters but they just continued on up on the road and sidewalks till their transport came by to pick them up. Guess I’ll have to get access to the film and study it – maybe more charges can be filed.

    • Lula

      I don’t know what’s worse! Fucking gringoes coming here to Brazil to “speculate and invest” or the stupid Brazilians who bend over for the $$$$$ covered dick in the ass.

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