Hakani

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.Featuring actual survivors of infanticide as well as those who have rescued them, Hakani is a powerful docudrama that tells the true story of one girl's journey to freedom and a people group's struggle to find a voice – a voice for life.

Clapham Group

  • Served as event planning team for “Hakani” Team’s visit to Washington, DC providing the rescued star of the film, Hakani’s, her first taste of America
  • Arranged screening at U.S. Department of State with senior-level advisors on Human Rights Issues that resulted in pressure on Brazilian government and through the power of the film; the passing of "Muwaji's Law" which protected indigenous children of Brazil
  • Arranged screening on Capitol Hill for congressional senior staff in charge of human rights
  • Grassroots outreach to Washington based non-profits to increase awareness of Brazilian Infanticide
  • Set up meeting at International Justice Mission between staff and director of film, David Cunningham, and production team
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