‘Sequestrada’ (2019): Review by FF2 Media

Sequestrada, written and directed by Sabrina McCormick and Soopum Sohn, has an immediacy to it. Tackling global warming, the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest, and the displacement of indigenous people in Brazil, the drama comes close to being a documentary, largely shot in a documentary style. The film centers around a young indigenous woman, “Kamodjara” (Kamodjara Xipaia), whose tribe is fighting against the Belo Monte dam project–a construction that would destroy their homeland. (CPG 4/5) 
Review by Carlotta Plys-Garzotto 
While Sequestrada deals with incredibly real issues, it is still rather fantastical and dramatic at times (which is the only thing that keeps the viewer from believing it is truly a documentary). McCormick and Sohn show the perspectives of the indigenous people, an American investor, and a Brazilian politician of sorts–three drastically different POVs.  The American investor, “Thomas” (Tim Blake Nelson), happens to look almost identical to the Brazillian politician “Roberto” (Marcelo Olinto). This leads to some dramatic and some comical mistaken identity throughout the film. With the rest of the film being incredibly educational and quite serious, this unrealistic element is a nice touch. The young, just thirteen-year-old, Kamodjara is the heart of the film. Through her narration, paired with beautiful nature shots, the viewer is able to connect to the film on a deeper level. The gorgeous nature shown throughout the film highlights further how terrible the destruction of our planet is. Sequestrada shows how certain ideals of lifestyle that are considered “better” or “nicer” are being forced onto the indigenous people. It is very powerful when Kamodjara is shown homes in construction and is told, “see, you could have a bedroom and a bathroom”, and she says she would rather live on her reservation by the river. Her preference to swimming in the river over a pool, and her understanding of wildlife are more examples of a natural beauty she holds that people are trying to take away from her. If you’re not fluent in Portuguese, you will be reading a lot of subtitles. Don’t let that deter you, though, it only affects the film in a positive way–adding more realism and flow. The only drawback is that in certain moments the colors and movement of the camera made it slightly difficult to read the text. This was easily worked around, though, and did not disrupt the film as a whole. 
I love how McCormick and Sohn incorporate real politics and facts into their film and use the camera as a way to make the viewer feel like they are looking in on a real situation. It brings the film to a grounded place and reminds the viewer that it is all a sad reality. At the end, the film directs you to a website to go to if you wish to look more into the subjects addressed or donate to the cause. This is a great way to say, “this is not the end, this needs to be the beginning”. © Carlotta Plys-Garzotto FF2 Media (11/20/2019)

Does Sequestrada pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test?

 It technically does not. However, there is a lot of female strength and inspiration in the film.

Commentary by Review Coach Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

One of my favorite parts of Sequestrada happens when a colonial white man is captured and beaten for days on end by a group of indigenous people. Throughout the movie, we have seen how this man has very few scruples when it comes to getting what he wants. As an investor, he has a stake in seeing that the dam is constructed, and he comes to Brazil at the beginning of the movie ready to treat the whole country like it is already his. While Thomas did not commit the crime he is being punished for, but rather Roberto, his doppelganger, there is a kind of poetic justice. After all, Thomas is being punished for stealing the daughter of one of the indigenous men, when he certainly is stealing everything he can get his hands on in Brazil. As Carly said, the ending was also a brilliant choice. In most films like this, one would expect the dam to be thwarted somehow by the good guys and for the indigenous tribe to get their land back. This unfortunately does not happen in Sequestrada, because it does not happen in real life. The dam in question was actually built in Brazil, and had the effects of displacement that were shown in the film. Thomas the investor ends up repenting and trying to convince his boss to oppose the dam, but she basically laughs in his face–there are too many people investing in the dam for it to be allowed to fail. This realism is one more way that this film feels like a documentary despite being a work of fiction. This also inspires the audience to get involved in the issue, since it makes them realize that the story of this dam is still unfolding.

Avatar

By Carlotta Plys-Garzotto

Carlotta Plys-Garzotto was born in Chicago and attended acting and drama therapy school in New York City. She recently relocated to Los Angeles to try out the film industry. Carlotta has always been drawn to the arts whether it's visual, writing, theatre, or film. She has recently been taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade. Carlotta is a Leo with an Aquarius moon. She loves making music videos, eating ice cream, and traveling.

198 comments

  1. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all people you
    really recognize what you’re speaking approximately! Bookmarked.

    Kindly additionally seek advice from my site =).
    We could have a hyperlink change contract among us

  2. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your web site.
    Do you ever run into any browser compatibility issues?
    A couple of my blog audience have complained about my site not operating correctly
    in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any tips to help fix this issue?

  3. Hello there, I found your blog by way of Google while searching for a related topic, your
    website got here up, it appears great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

    Hi there, just changed into alert to your weblog
    thru Google, and located that it’s really informative.
    I’m gonna be careful for brussels. I’ll appreciate should
    you proceed this in future. A lot of other people will probably be
    benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

  4. Hey there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no backup.
    Do you have any solutions to stop hackers?

  5. I believe everything said made a lot of sense.
    But, what about this? suppose you typed a catchier title?
    I ain’t saying your content isn’t good, however what if you added a title to maybe grab a person’s attention? I mean ‘Sequestrada’ (2019): Review by FF2 Media –
    FF2 Media is kinda plain. You should glance at Yahoo’s front page and note how they create
    article titles to get viewers to open the links.

    You might add a video or a pic or two to grab people interested
    about everything’ve written. Just my opinion, it might bring your
    posts a little livelier.

  6. I’ve been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all web owners
    and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

  7. Simply want to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is just
    cool and i could assume you are an expert on this subject.
    Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to
    date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry
    on the enjoyable work.

  8. Link exchange is nothing else however it is only placing the other person’s website link on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do similar in support of you.

  9. I absolutely love your website.. Pleasant colors & theme.

    Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my own personal site and would love to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named.
    Appreciate it!

  10. Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog!

    We are a collection of volunteers and starting
    a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us
    valuable information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  11. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire
    someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to know
    where u got this from. cheers

  12. Hey! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog
    platform are you using for this website? I’m getting sick and
    tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another
    platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  13. Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break.
    I really like the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.

    I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb blog!

  14. Right here is the right blog for anybody who wants to find out about this topic.
    You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject which has been discussed
    for years. Wonderful stuff, just great!

  15. Hello! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your articles.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects?
    Thanks a lot!

  16. This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger.
    I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post.
    Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  17. Everything said was actually very reasonable. But, think on this,
    what if you were to create a awesome title? I mean, I
    don’t want to tell you how to run your blog, however what if you added
    a post title that makes people desire more? I mean ‘Sequestrada’ (2019):
    Review by FF2 Media – FF2 Media is kinda plain. You should glance at Yahoo’s front page and see how
    they create article titles to get viewers interested.
    You might add a video or a pic or two to grab readers interested about what you’ve written. In my opinion, it could make your posts
    a little bit more interesting.

  18. Hello there, I discovered your web site by the use of Google at the same time as searching
    for a related subject, your website came up, it appears to be like
    great. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, simply changed into aware of your weblog via
    Google, and found that it’s really informative. I am gonna
    be careful for brussels. I will be grateful for those who continue this
    in future. A lot of other people might be benefited out
    of your writing. Cheers!

  19. of course like your web site but you need to check the spelling on several of
    your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and
    I find it very troublesome to inform the truth nevertheless I’ll certainly come back again.

  20. Thank you for any other informative blog. The
    place else may I get that type of info written in such a perfect approach?
    I have a project that I am just now running on, and
    I’ve been at the glance out for such information.

  21. I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the
    layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one these
    days.

  22. Hey there I am so glad I found your blog, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Aol for something else, Anyways I am here now
    and would just like to say kudos for a tremendous post and a all round interesting
    blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute but I
    have saved it and also added in your RSS feeds,
    so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the great work.

  23. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely great.

    I actually like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you are saying
    and the way in which you say it. You make it
    entertaining and you still take care of to keep it sensible.
    I can not wait to read far more from you. This is actually a terrific web
    site.

  24. Hi there i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read this post i thought i could also create comment due to this brilliant post.

  25. I was recommended this blog by means of my cousin. I’m no longer certain whether or not
    this publish is written by him as no one else realize
    such unique approximately my difficulty. You are wonderful!
    Thank you!

  26. I am not positive where you’re getting your info, however great topic.
    I must spend a while finding out much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for magnificent info I used to be looking for
    this info for my mission.

  27. With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of
    plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot of completely unique content
    I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a lot
    of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any techniques to
    help protect against content from being stolen? I’d really appreciate it.

  28. Hi there this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting
    to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you
    have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no
    coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience.

    Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  29. Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll
    just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any recommendations for inexperienced blog writers?
    I’d definitely appreciate it.

  30. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your site.
    You have some really good articles and I believe I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to
    write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please send me an e-mail if interested. Thank you!

  31. I’m not that much of a online reader to be
    honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back
    later on. Cheers

  32. Hi there exceptional website! Does running a blog like this take a great deal of work?
    I have virtually no understanding of programming but I was hoping to start my
    own blog in the near future. Anyways, should you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share.
    I know this is off topic however I simply had to ask. Appreciate
    it!

  33. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know
    a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve
    tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same
    outcome.

  34. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to
    help with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted
    keywords but I’m not seeing very good success.
    If you know of any please share. Kudos!

  35. Thank you for some other informative site. Where else
    may I am getting that type of info written in such an ideal approach?

    I have a undertaking that I’m simply now working on, and I have been at the glance out
    for such information.

  36. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the
    book in it or something. I think that you could
    do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that,
    this is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I’ll definitely
    be back.

  37. I feel this is among the such a lot significant
    information for me. And i’m satisfied reading your article.
    However should observation on few basic issues, The website taste is great, the articles is in reality nice : D.
    Good task, cheers

  38. Excellent blog! Do you have any recommendations
    for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a
    little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with
    a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out
    there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any ideas?

    Thanks!

  39. Howdy this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if
    you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge
    so I wanted to get guidance from someone
    with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  40. Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for
    a while but I never seem to get there! Thanks

  41. Usually I do not learn article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very forced
    me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me.
    Thanks, quite nice post.

  42. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally,
    it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    You definitely know what youre talking about,
    why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  43. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after browsing through a few of the articles
    I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m certainly
    delighted I came across it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back
    regularly!

  44. I was very happy to find this website. I wanted to thank you for your time due to this fantastic read!!
    I definitely appreciated every bit of it and i also have you bookmarked to check out new information in your web site.

  45. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog
    and I am impressed! Very helpful information particularly
    the last part 🙂 I care for such info much. I was seeking this particular
    info for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  46. My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from
    PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on various websites for about
    a year and am concerned about switching to another platform.
    I have heard good things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress
    posts into it? Any help would be really appreciated!

  47. Pretty section of content. I simply stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I
    acquire in fact enjoyed account your weblog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing for
    your feeds or even I achievement you get admission to consistently
    quickly.

  48. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same
    comment. Is there any way you can remove me
    from that service? Cheers!

  49. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and
    was curious what all is needed to get setup?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% certain. Any tips
    or advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

  50. I have learn several just right stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting.
    I wonder how so much effort you place to make this sort of great informative web site.

  51. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i came
    to “return the favor”.I’m attempting to find things to enhance
    my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  52. I seriously love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you create this site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my own personal site and would like to know where you
    got this from or just what the theme is named. Thanks!

  53. Hey there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering
    which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform.
    I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  54. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz respond as I’m looking to design my own blog and
    would like to find out where u got this from. many thanks

  55. Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused
    .. Any recommendations? Appreciate it!

  56. Hi would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this
    blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a fair price?
    Cheers, I appreciate it!

  57. Hello, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Safari, it
    looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
    some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick
    heads up! Other then that, amazing blog!

  58. Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your web site, how
    could i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal.
    I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided
    bright clear concept

  59. Hey there! This post could not be written any better!

    Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always
    kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  60. Can I simply just say what a comfort to uncover someone that genuinely understands
    what they are discussing over the internet.
    You actually realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important.

    More and more people ought to look at this and understand this side of your story.
    I was surprised that you are not more popular because you
    definitely have the gift.

  61. Great beat ! I wish to apprentice at the same time as you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a weblog website?
    The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit familiar of this your broadcast provided bright clear
    concept

  62. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is important and all. However imagine if
    you added some great pictures or video clips to give your posts more,
    “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this site could certainly be one of the best in its niche.

    Excellent blog!

  63. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or
    did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know where
    u got this from. many thanks

  64. Hey there! This post couldn’t be written any better!

    Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this.
    I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thanks for sharing!

  65. Hello! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d
    ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or
    maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My site
    addresses a lot of the same topics as yours and I feel
    we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel
    free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Excellent blog by the way!

  66. I have been browsing online more than 4 hours today,
    yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the web
    will be much more useful than ever before.

  67. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know
    so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.

    I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is
    great blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

  68. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Good
    luck for the next!

  69. We previously demonstrated that patients pts receiving adjuvant TAM with impaired CYP2D6 metabolism due to CYP2D6 4 and or concurrent administration of a CYP2D6 inhibitor had a higher risk of recurrence dapoxetine priligy uk Presumably these longan can be used to refine some special magic items, With a sigh, if Faith was here, he egg high blood pressure sinus medication that does not raise blood pressure would naturally know how to use can donating blood lower blood pressure the magic power contained in these two longan eyes, but an lower body exercise that does not increase blood pressure unprofessional can donating blood lower blood pressure alchemist like Fatty couldn t see what was so good about these what blood pressure medicine contains hydrochiazide two longan eyes

  70. Your writing is perfect and complete. baccarat online However, I think it will be more wonderful if your post includes additional topics that I am thinking of. I have a lot of posts on my site similar to your topic. Would you like to visit once?

  71. I am a student of BAK College. The recent paper competition gave me a lot of headaches, and I checked a lot of information. Finally, after reading your article, it suddenly dawned on me that I can still have such an idea. grateful. But I still have some questions, hope you can help me.

  72. Hello! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my
    comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m
    having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *