Films by SALSA Members

Films by SALSA Members


Camilla Morelli, University of Bristol, 2019

Film Proposal Morelli.Camilla.IMAGEAmazonimations is a collection of three animated short films (total length: 7 minutes) that were scripted, narrated and illustrated by different generations of Matses people in Peru – and produced in collaboration with an indigenous artist and a professional animator. The films depict aspects of traditional lifestyle in the rainforest; children’s views of animal life; and the challenges faced by young migrants who moved from the forest to the city.

Director/Author: Sophie Marsh – Camilla Morelli – Guillermo Nëcca Pëmen Mënquë. Producer: Sophie Marsh – Camilla Morelli – Guillermo Nëcca Pëmen Mënquë, 2019. Matses people in Estirón, Colonia Angamos and Iquitos (Loreto, Peru). Matses, with subtitles in English. 7 min.

~KİRAÑİA (Long Flutes)

Juan Castrillón, University of Pennsylvania, 2019

Film Proposal Castrillón.Juan_IMAGEThe film dramatizes how a pair of long flutes sounds like, how a Cubeo Emi-Hehenewa indigenous community of Northwestern Amazon makes it, and how community members make sense of it. The film came out of my ethnographic fieldwork in Uaupes in Southern Colombia in which I used video and audio recording devices to render the relations my interlocutors and myself have with the Tukanoan archive of expressive culture. ~KİRAÑİA rather than a film made for documentation purposes, appears as a multimodal strategy to exchange and transform gestures, senses, and affects. The film includes Tukanoan speech genres and language ideologies within its cinematic strategy as a way of challenging the standard explanatory perspective of ethnomusicological films about musical instruments. The experimental character of the film, then, attempts to present Cubeo Emi-Hehenewa audible worlds to indigenous and non-indigenous audiences alike.

Director/Author: Juan Castrillon. Producer: Juan Castrillon, 2019. Cubeo Emi-Hehenewa, Vaupés, Southern Colombia. Pamie (aka. Cubeo, Tukano Oriental) and Spanish., with subtitles in English. 36:45.

In Search of a Bororo Mr.Right

Flavia Kremer, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester, 2018

Film proposal Kremer.Flavia.IMAGEIn Search of a Bororo Mr. Right is an experimental “rom com”, in that it seeks to introduce the romantic comedy genre as a novel tool for an ethnographic analysis of kinship. The “rom com” genre explores the topics of love, marriage and women’s issues with the biological clock. This ethnographic film deals with the search for love and explores the character’s concerns with finding “Mr. Right”, conciliating love and career, as well as the ticking of the biological clock. It can only be understood as a “rom com” in the context of ethnographic film. The mythology of Bororo people designs specific paths of marriage for each clan. It prescribes the path one should take on the moral village plan in order to find their “true” husband or wife. The film navigates Bororo myth, telling the story of two Bororo girls who set out in search of their mythical Mr. Right.

Director/Author: Flavia Kremer. Producer: Rafael Franco Coelho, 2018. Bororo, Brazil. Brazilian Portuguese with subtitles in English. 43:04

Amahuaca construyendo territorio

Claudia Arteaga, Scripps College, 2018

Film Proposal Arteaga.Claudia.IMAGELos territorios de las comunidades de San Martín y San Juan, pertenecientes al pueblo amahuaca de la selva peruana, son espacios disputados. En éstos, sus habitantes invocan recuerdos que los conectan al lugar donde viven, debaten comunalmente para definir las fronteras, y desarrollan proyectos que les aseguren un lugar para vivir.
Director/Author: Claudia A. Arteaga. Producer: SHARE Amazónica, Escuela de Cine Amazónico (Perú), FIARIM, 2018. Amahuaca, Perú. Spanish. 17:41 s.

They are not yet grown

Charlotte Hoskins, University of Oxford, 2017

During the rainy season rivers fFilm Proposal Hoskins.Charlotte.IMAGElood, an infant is bathed by repetitive splashing, and cassava is harvested from forest farms. Carried to houses, it is transformed; cyanide is extracted from its tuberous roots which are reformed into staple foods. Attending to these mundane scenes privileges the sensuous knowledge of women’s intimate and daily lives. Bodies, artefacts, and substances act as devices that transform substances across scale, and are too continuously transformed – in a network of relational interdependence. The film engulfs the viewer in its directed gaze, which is made vulnerable by implicating its own position. A fully visible scene is not provided, only a partial one, and yet one is placed very tightly, in close proximity. The aim is not to objectively contain but rather to experiment with a privileging of an affective dimension, evident most clearly in the achievement of familial nourishment.

Director/Author: Charlotte Hoskins. Producer: Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, 2017. Makushi, Guyana. English. 19:50

Como si fuésemos los antiguos [As if we were the ancients]

Giovanna Bacchiddu, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2017

Film Proposal Bacchiddu.Giovanna.IMAGEThis documentary shows aspects of the research project “Entre el arte y la vida: encuentro con niños de una escuela rural de Apiao”, within the interdisciplinary project Dialogos del Reconocimiento, that combined several dyads of artists and anthropologists in an indigenous setting. Here Giovanna Bacchiddu and Francisco Schwember interact and collaborate with children in a rural school in the island of Apiao, Chiloé (Chile), reflecting on the past and on the environment.

Director/Author: Josefina Buschmann. Producer: Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR), 2017. Niños de una escuela rural de Apiao, Chiloé, Chile. Spanish with subtitles in English. 11:46 min

Menino no Rancho: Festa, Cura e Iniciação Entre os PankararuFILM MENINO DO RANCHO

Renato Athias,  2012
This video presents a ritual among the Pankararu Indians of Pernambuco Brazil. 22 minutes.

Film 500 anhos outha historia500 Anos – A Outra História 

Renato Athias, 2012.

This film presents the national meeting of the Indigenous people in Brazil during the celebration of the 500 hundreds years of the European invasion. This film have been produced by the Laboratory of Visual Anthropology (LAV) of Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) Brazil. Portuguese. 22:00

film owners-of-the-waterOwners of the Waters: Conflict and Collaboration Over Rivers

Laura R. Graham, David Hernandez Palmer, and Caimi Waiásse, 2009

Brazilian Xavante and Venezuelan Wayuu., 39 minutes, 2009, with subtitles in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources.

film claude levi straussClaude Lévi-Strauss – Auprès de l’Amazonie

Marcelo Fortaleza Flores (Marcelo Fiorini), 2009

[in French, 2009], Claude Lévi-Strauss – Return to the Amazon [in English, 2011, with subtitles in French],  Senaya Films, 71 minutes. Trailer in English.

film from-honey-to-ashesFrom Honey to Ashes

Lucas Bessire, 2006

Ex-voluntarily isolated Ayoreo in Paraguay, 47 minutes. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources.

Other films about Lowland South America

The Fight for Amazonia [Raids in the Rainforest, The Justice Boat, The Internet Indians] by Ilka Franzmann, Arne Birkenstock, Thomas Wartmann
color, 143 minutes, 2012

Amazon Gold
by Rueben Aaronson
color, 53 minutes, 2012

Belo Monte: Anúncio de uma Guerra [in Portuguese]
Belo Monte: Announcement of a War [in English]
by André D’Elia
color, 104 minutes, 2012

Children of the Amazon
by Denise Zmekhol
color, 73 minutes, 2011

Come With Us (maroon community of Palenque de San Basilio, Colombia)
by Alexia Dickinson
color, 20 minutes, 2008

Coração do Brasil (Villas-Bôas brothers in the Xingu)
by Daniel Solá Santiago
color, 86 minutes, 2013
Portuguese, with English subtitles

Eternal Amazon / Amazônia Eterna
by Belisario Franca
color, 88 minutes, 2013

Tava, A Stone House / Tava, A Casa De Pedra (Mbya-Guarani)
by Vincent Carelli, Ernesto Ignacio De Carvalho, Patricia Ferreira (Keretxu), Ariel Duarte Ortega
color, 78 minutes, 2013

The Barrel / El Galón (oil industry in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela)
by Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
color, 11 minutes, 2013

Bay of All Saints (palafitas water slums in Bahia, Brazil)
by Annie Eastman, Diane Markrow, and Davis Coombe
color, 74 minutes, 2012

Crude: The Real Price of Oil
by Joe Berlinger
color, 105 minutes, 2009
in English and Spanish

Visages d’une déesse vénézuélienne /The Many Faces of a Venezuelan Goddess
by Roger Canals
color, 55 minutes, 2007

The Master and Divino (Sangradouro, Mato Grosso, Brazil)
by Tiago Campos Torres
color, 2013

A Question of Perspective (Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro)
by Josefine Borrmann, Julia Luhnau
color, 2013
in German