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RAI Film Festival
Arandu – Listen to the Weather + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
April 2023
An Ikpeng woman dressed in colourful clothes sits in front of their home, staring off
Yarang Mamin, dir. Kamatxi Ikpeng, Brazil 2019, 21 min., Portuguese with English subtitles

Since the 1980s, audiovisual production has been an essential tool of struggle and resistance for Brazilian Indigenous groups. Currently, about 90% of Brazilian Indigenous communities have their own filmmakers, who have established themselves as key figures in the symbolic production of knowledge, contributing to subvert and decolonize commonly accepted visual notions about what it means to be Indigenous.

This programme showcases four short and medium-length films that form an important part of this contemporary Latin American cinema tradition. This selection’s thematic focus is on women’s environmental movements to revert deforestation, and on the efforts of Indigenous communities to narrate their histories, from their own point of view.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with curators Takumã Kuikuro and Christian Fischgold, hosted by RAI Film Festival director Caterina Sartori.

Full programme for the RAI Film Festival available here

Desterro Guarani
dirs. Patricia Ferreira & Aroiel Duarte Ortega, Brazil 2011, 38 min., Portuguese with English subtitles 
The Mbya-Guarani’s history of contact and expulsion from the land. As Ariel Ortega thinks about the history of contact of the Myba-Guarani, he tries to understand how his people got expelled from their land. 

I’ve already become an image (Ma Ê Dami Xina)
dir. Zezinho Yube, Brazil 2008, 32 min., Portuguese & Hunikui with English subtitles 
A group of Hunikui men tells of the five ages that mark their most recent past: from ‘the time of the Indian lodge’, to first contact with the Nawá, the non-Indian people who came looking for rubber, to the ‘age of captivity’, the time of forced labour in the rubber plantations, through to the ‘time of rights’, marked by emancipation, land rights struggles and cultural revival. The film gives meaning to the experiences of dispersion, loss and reclamation that have marked Hunikui history. 

Kisêdjê Manifesto (Amne Adji Papere Mba)
dir. Kamikia P.T. Kisedje, Brazil 2012, 11 min., Portuguese with English subtitles 
Kisêdjê women’s manifesto against deforestation and river pollution. Filmmaker Kamikia Kisêdjê and the Kisêdjê Cinema Collective decided to send a message from their people to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The women took the lead making the statements, forcefully expressing their worry about the devastation of the Amazon and the future of their grandchildren. 

Yarang Mamin
dir. Kamatxi Ikpeng, Brazil 2019, 21 min., Portuguese with English subtitles 
Indigenous filmmaker Kamatxi Ikpeng documents the story of a group of Ikpeng women who formed a movement to collect forest seeds and restore the banks of the Xingu River. The Yarang Women’s Movement from the Indigenous Territory of Xingu (Mato Grosso, Brazil) is made up of mothers, daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters who have, over the course of a decade, collected 3.2 tons of seeds, and have helped plant about 1 million trees that will form the forests of the future.
This programme is part of Arandu – Listen to the Weather, a celebration of 35 years of Indigenous filmmaking from Brazil curated by Graci Guarani, Takuma Kuikuro and Christian Fischgold for RAI Film Festival 2023. Arandu is streaming worldwide 3 – 31 March 2023 on the RAI Film Festival website 
06:15 pm
Sun, 19 Mar 2023
Cinema 1

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