Log Race (Corrida de Tora)
dir. Kokoyamaratxi Renan Suya, Brazil 2021, 3 min., Portuguese with English subtitles
Log racing is an official sport of the Indigenous Peoplesâ€™ Games, one of the largest cultural and sporting meetings of Indigenous peoples in the Americas. This short captures a log race between two Indigenous groups at the Khikatxi village in the Wawi Indigenous Land.
dir. Isael & Sueli Maxakali, Brazil 2007, 22 min., TikmÅ©â€™Å©n with English subtitles
This hypnotic work documents celebrations that evoke the spirits of dead children in Brazil. As their mothers perform rituals of memory and mourning, symbolic representations of the childrensâ€™ bodies are taken to the Kuxex, the secluded sacred house where the Maxakali welcome the spirit-people of the Atlantic Forest.
KonÃ£gxeka: The Maxakali Flood (KonÃ£gxeka: o DilÃºvio Maxakali)
dirs. Isael Maxakali & Charles Bicalho, Brazil 2016, 13 min., TikmÅ©â€™Å©n with English subtitles
In the Maxakali language, â€˜KonÃ£gxekaâ€™ means â€˜big waterâ€™. Co-directed by Isael Maxakali, winner of the 2020 Pipa Award, this Maxakali story tells of a flood sent by the YÃ£mÃ®y spirits as punishment for manâ€™s greed and selfishness â€“ after which the spirits release a man from a tree trunk and invite him to marry a female animal.
NÅ©hÅ© YÃ£g MÅ© YÃµg HÃ£m: This Land Is Our Land! (NÅ©hÅ© YÃ£g MÅ© YÃµg HÃ£m: Essa Terra Ã‰ Nossa!)
dirs. Isael Maxakali, Sueli Maxakali, Carolina CanguÃ§u & Roberto Romero, Brazil 2020, 70 min., TikmÅ©â€™Å©n with English subtitles
Winner of the Best International Film prize at this yearâ€™s Sheffield Doc/Fest, this film takes a multilayered visual journey through Maxakali territory during a time of fierce deforestation and invasion. Filmed by Isael and Sueli Maxakali on their own land, the film stands as a manifesto against borders of all kinds: those that divide nations and those that demarcate land.