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Indigenous Cinema '21

Dauna: Gone With the River/Dauna. Lo que lleva el río

Title: Dauna: Gone With the River/Dauna. Lo que lleva el río
Release Date: 2014
Runtime: 104 minutes
Director: Mario Crespo (Venezuela)
Language: Warao and Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: Dauna dared to be different. She faced the ancestral practices of her culture and she paid the price. She made decisions that led to her own suffering, as well as the suffering of others. She didn’t give up in the face of defeat; instead, she was reconciled with her losses, and became part of a legend herself.
Director Bio: Mario Crespo is a filmmaker and director with over 40 years of experience in film and television. He received his degree in Art History from the Universidad de La Habana in Cuba, and was part of the founding class of students at the School of TV and Film at San Antonio de los Baños. He has worked as director and screenwriter with the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). He has received international recognition for his feature length films, including Dauna. Lo que lleva el río, which was selected as an entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2016.

Week Two
April 30 to May 3

The Hemispheric Institute and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution present Indigenous Cinema '21.

Curated by Amalia Córdova

In the midst of the digital turn and the global crises brought about over the past year, Indigenous artists and activists have found new spaces for their works to be more broadly seen. Indigenous media has been growing over the past four decades, documenting community practices, but also exploring new modes of expression through a range of themes, languages and genres. As new, layered forms of understanding identity emerge, film has proven to be an adaptable medium to explore the interlacing of Indigenous experiences that are in motion, seeking wholeness despite fragmentation, and not restricted to the binaries of urban and rural, ancestral and contemporary, female and male, and more. What we are seeing today is a multiplicity of Indigenous voices and modes of storytelling, told through the moving image. We are pleased to bring a sampling of this new tide of Indigenous cinemas, alternating recent shorts and feature films, some of them made in New York, and others from across the continent.


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