Belem, Belém - State of Pará, Brazil
Victor Moriyama works as a photojournalist since 2011. Inspired by the so many social inequalities and its violence produced in any third world country between social classes, he is now based in Belém, Pará state, Brazil and focused on Amazon stories envolving environmental conflicts and social problems.
He worked as a photographer for the biggest newspapers in Brazil called Folha de São Paulo and for News Agencies Reuters and AFP. Now, he's currently working for Getty Images, El País and National Geographic Brazil and NGO's like Human Rights Watch and Greenpeace. He colaborated with The Guardian and Le Monde.
Since 2017 he's part of the Fuji Film X Photographer team.
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The Xavante's root fighting
The Xavantes, a remaining tribe fighting for the survival of their traditions in the 21st century. By chance, one of the most important annual rituals was about to happen: the “Oi’o”, commonly called “roots fight”.
In this fight, a significant rite of passage, boys from age 5 to 15 prepare themselves to their values as warriors before the tribe. They are culled in pairs by size and have to beat each other in a one on one battle using a local root as weaponry. The first one to give up the fight loses. Many of the children cry, too young to understand what is happening.
The ritual begins early in the morning as their parents and family join the rest of the tribe in the preparing chants and painting of their bodies with the spiritual war colors, red and black. And, although it seems violent and cruel, the Oi’o, is considered a kind of natural selection of warriors and the process prepares them to ensure their future as a race.
"Vidas Refugiadas" (means Refugee Lives in portuguese) is a long-term (since 2015) project aims to document the daily life of eight refugee women and asylum seekers from different countries currently living in Brazil. A documentary film that tells the life story of these women and addresses the issue of gender and violence against women is being producing. Human Rights Watch, UNHCR and OIT supports the project