Indigenous Cinema '22
Week Three November 25 – 28, 2022

"Sin Combate" feat. Anahi Mariluán

Title: "Sin Combate" feat. Anahi Mariluán
Release Date: 2022
Runtime: 3:00 minutes
Director: María Manzanares
Language: Mapudungun w/ Spanish subtitles
Countries/Territories: Argentina
Community/Nation: Mapuche
Synopsis: Sin Combate is inspired by the Mapuche creation story, Treng Treng y Kay Kay, which expresses the intense powers of nature in her many forms. Treng Treng embodies the earth, Kay Kay is the embodied form of water, and in a Mapuche worldview these forces are in a constant battle to maintain equilibrium.
Director Bio: María Manzanares was born in Furilovche in 1981. At the age of 18, she moved to Buenos Aires to study at the Higher School of Advertising Creatives while also working at an advertising agency. In 2001, she traveled to Mexico, where she initially tried to work in advertising, only to confirm something she already knew: she wanted to tell stories that had nothing to do with marketing. Finally, her participation in a Zapatista meeting in Chiapas made her rethink everything she had learned about the dynamics of the capitalist system. The time she spent outside the country made her aware of the importance of water and of caring for all forms of life. In 2002 she returned to her hometown. Today she works at the Center for the Production of Audiovisual Content (CPCA) of the University of Río Negro. In 2015 she met the Mapuche artist Anahí Mariluan and made the award-winning video clip "We Are Not Alone" (Bariloche Audiovisual Festival). She has shown her work throughout Argentina, Peru, and Chile in pursuit of the revitalization of the Mapuche people. Manzanares is currently premiering her first feature documentary, Mankewenüy, friend of the condor, starring Anahí Mariluan, and finishing her second, Vuelve a navegar el Wampo.

Warmi Luna-Gunaa Sol

Title: Warmi Luna-Gunaa Sol
Release Date: 2015
Runtime: 5:39 minutes
Director: Frida Muenala
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Countries/Territories: Ecuador
Community/Nation: Kichwa and Zapotec
Synopsis: This work explores the feelings of Kichwa Otavalo women in the face of Western thought, which marks their lives from birth, and how this in turn affects the construction of their identity.
Director Bio: Kichwa-Zapotec filmmaker Frida Muenala studied Film and Video at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. In May 2011 she made her first documentary Huellas del tiempo (Footprints of Time), which received the COCOA award for "Best Documentary 2012." She has directed the fiction short films Ella, Un buen día, Uyana, and feature documentary Wamri pachakutik. In 2013, Muenala helped edit, run, and sell the limited television series Shukma, one of the first programs made by her people that was broadcast on Ecuadorian national television. From 2012 to 2015, she worked on the feature film Killa, and subsequently worked in production for the documentary feature Allpamanda about the historical memory of the Indigenous movement of the Ecuadorian Amazon. She is currently in pre-production for the narrative feature film Corazón de la tierra/Allpamamapa shunku, winner of the 2018 ICCA Development Fund and the 2021 IFCI Fiction Feature Production Fund.

Fôlego Vivo

Title: Fôlego Vivo
Release Date: 2021
Runtime: 25 minutes
Director: Juma Jandaíra and Associação dos Índios Cariris do Poço Dantas-Umari
Language: Portuguese with subtitles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
Countries/Territories: Brazil
Community/Nation: Kariri
Synopsis: The Kariri people, located in the Chapada do Araripe, a rural area in northeastern Brazil, reflect on water. The community tells of the Indigenous myth of recreating the world together with water as against the capitalist developmental myth of controlling water and human and non-human bodies inhabiting the San Francisco River.
Director Bio: Juma Jandaíra is a postdoctoral researcher working with the SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant, Hemispheric Encounters. Jandaíra seeks to listen to and learn from plant secrets. They move in the friction between the arts of the body, undisciplined pedagogy, and the Indigenous struggle for environmental justice. They are part of the social movements Retomada Kariri and the Indigenous Cariri of Poço Dantas-Umari Association. They activate the audiovisual springboard United Against Colonization: Many Eyes, Only One Heart for collective creation of other symbolic forms of self-representation of the Abya Yala first nation.

The Hemispheric Institute and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution present Indigenous Cinema 2022.

Curated by Amalia Córdova

Following Ailton Krenak’s invitation to consider the interdependence between all living beings, we look at what nourishes and sustains us: from the primary bond to land and water, to acts of healing and ceremony. Beyond denunciation, these films delve into Indigenous conceptions of territoriality and spirituality, with images and sounds that channel vitality, connection and relationality in the face of the multiple threats to our collective wellbeing. Can we retrace the pathways, listen to the seeds, to the rivers, and the poets? Can we petition the spirits and sing in our own languages?


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