dirs. Kamikia Kisedje & Simone Giovine, Brazil 2020, 7 min., Aruak with English subtitles
This short presents twin social and historical narratives of ParakanÃ£ women, who talk about their contact with white people while weaving their traditional hammocks and baskets from tucum (a species of wild palm).
Dream of Fire (Sonho de Fogo)
dir. Alberto Ãlvares, Brazil 2020, 7 min., Guarani-Nhandewa with English subtitles
Alberto Ãlvaresâ€™s short film explores the interpretations of fire dreams â€“ which, according to the traditions of the Guarani-Nhandewa people, are bad omens of imminent disease. Elders emphasise the importance of preserving trees that breathe in smoke and protect us from the terrible coming sickness, invoking a collective reflection on the way we treat the environment.
Tekowenhepyrun: The Origin of the Soul (A Origem da Alma)
dir. Alberto Ãlvares, Brazil 2015, 48 min., Guarani-Nhandewa with English subtitles
The second Ãlvares film on the programme presents testimony from the elders of the Yhowy village in GuaÃra, southern Brazil, who share their knowledge about the origins of the GuaranÃ way of being and their belief that the soul is the connection between the body and the spirit.
Ava Yvy Vera â€“ The Land of the People of Lightning (A Terra do Povo do Raio)
dirs. Genito Gomes, Valmir GonÃ§alves Cabreira, Jhonaton Gomes, Joilson Brites, Johnn Nara Gomes, Sarah Brites, DulcÃdio Gomes & Edna Ximenes, Brazil 2016, 52 min., KaiowÃ¡ with English subtitles
The Guarani-KaiowÃ¡ peoplesâ€™ struggle for land rights gained international recognition after the release of a joint letter in 2012, protesting against the assaults and advances of Brazilian agribusiness. Co-directed by 10 filmmakers, Ava Yvy Vera transforms the act of filming into a process of dialogue both in front of and behind the camera, documenting the history of resistance and the reclaiming of the territory where the Guarani-KaiowÃ¡ live today.