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Proyección de películas

SERIES A. Indigenous Imaginaries of the Future

Jun. 14, 16:30-18:30 h, Hall V

The film project Amanajé – o mensageiro do futuro / Messenger of the future (2016 – 2019)

Are there indigenous cinematographers?

For a long time indigenous communities were portrayed as deprived from digital technologies, automobiles and everything else not related to nature. Those handling a mobile phone were accused of acculturation and described as the ones who “have lost their indigenous identities”. The series Amanajé, o mensageiro do futuro shows to a broader audience that, inside the indigenous villages not only technology, but also cinema is very present.

Within the project Amanajé, funded by Brazilian Audiovisual Development Support Program, thirteen indigenous filmmakers were motivated to produce a filmed ‘letter’ (filme-carta), in which they would express a message for the future. Thus, the produced movies comprise wishes, memories and advises for future generations of their village. They are also examples of what needs to be preserved, a space for political positioning and future expectations.

The team of Flavia Neves who had the founding idea for the project, visited each village and started conversations with the community members. Soon in each village, local cinematographers were identified amongst themselves and took over the role of producers, play writers and actors. With the help of their community members, they produced the movie together. Thirteen indigenous “filmed” letters (each about 26 min) finally were materialized and screened in the main Brazilian public channels.

The following episodes will be screened (with subtitles in Portuguese) and discussed at the conference: Episodio 5: Kuikuro; Episodio 8: Kaiabi; Episodio 9: Kisedjè.

SERIES B. Latin American Independent Films

Organized by OXIS

During the lunch breaks, a selection of short films is screened by OXIS, a non-profit association from Bonn, critically engaging with current debates from and about Latin America. The films presented here were part of the program of the annual “Latin American Independent Film Festival – MIRA“ organized by OXIS. Ranging from current fiction films, documentaries, experimental films to animations, MIRA features a variety of films which goes beyond the conventional cinema program. Particular attention is paid to independent films as well as those produced by young aspiring directors. Moreover, direct interactions between filmmakers, activists, and the audience form an important part of the festival. Apart from the film festival, OXIS also organizes photo exhibitions, theater festivals, talks, and lectures.

This year’s film festival takes place from November 14 to 17, 2019, in the “Alte VHS” in Bonn. The topic for this year’s event is “En Casa / Em Casa / Zuhause” (“At Home”). It will focus on one’s own home as contradictory place which can be both a safety net and retreat space, but also a place of discomfort and repression. Further information will be published soon on

Jun. 12, 12:30-14:00 h, Hall IX

Experimental production and animation as medium of social processes of negotiation

After the humorous and colorful animation “Revoltoso” which presents the Mexican revolution from the perspective of a boar, the colorless dystopian films “La secta de Insectos” and “Vidas Cinzas” appear even more threatening. In one of the films, books represent a threat. In another one, colors are suddenly eliminated from a large city to achieve cost savings. In sum, the program composed of the three films is a good entertainment during the lunch break—bizarre and worth watching!

Revoltoso, Arturo Ambriz / Roy Ambriz, Mexico 2016, 30 min, Animation
La secta de insectos, Pablo Calvillo, Mexico 2016, 09 min, Animation
Vidas Cinzas, Leonardo Martinelli, Brazil 2018, 15 min, Docu-Fiction

Jun. 13, 12:30-14:00 h, Hall II

Indigenous protagonists

“KASAGG: Raíces en la arena” empathically portrays one of few indigenous surfers in Columbia. “Huicholes del tabaco” deals with living conditions of indigenous people working in a tobacco plantation, Mexico. “Detrás del fuego” presents conflicts between land owners and indigenous people triggered by forest fire in Patagonia. The last short film “Sangre Raíz” by contrast focuses on the problems of an indigenous youth in the large city.

KASAGG: Raíces en la arena, Santiago Espinosa, Columbia 2016, 15 min, Documentary
Huicholes del tabaco, César Rodriguez, Mexico 2016, 10 min, Documentary
Detrás del fuego, Lucas Prieto, Argentina 2017, 15 min, Documentary
Sangre Raíz, Miguel G. León, Columbia 2018, 5 min, Animation

Jun. 14, 12:30-14:00 h, Hall IX

Brazil – Struggling with discrimination

The political situation in Brazil is escalating today. In recent years, a large number of films have already dealt with people’s experiences of everyday discrimination as well as their strategies to counter them. Focusing on a black youth, “Pele Suja Minha Carne” connects the themes “racism” and “homosexuality”. The documentary “Here is my place” presents women’s strategies to counter suppression, portraying women in cooperatives from squatter areas of Rio de Janeiro speaking about their work. The program is concluded with the animation “Castillo y el Armado” which demonstrates a fisherman struggling in daily life.

Pele Suja Minha Carne, Bruno Ribeiro, Brazil 2016, 13 min, Fiction
Here is my place, Sarah Garrahan, Brazil 2015, 25 min, Documentary
Castillo y el Armado, Pedro Harres, Brazil / Uruguay 2014, 14 min, Animation