Films by SALSA Members
Camilla Morelli, University of Bristol, 2019
Amazonimations 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.
Juan Castrillón, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
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.
Flavia Kremer, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester, 2018
In 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
Claudia Arteaga, Scripps College, 2018
Los 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 flood, 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
This 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
Renato Athias, 2012
This video presents a ritual among the Pankararu Indians of Pernambuco Brazil. 22 minutes.
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
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.
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.
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
by Rueben Aaronson
color, 53 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
A Question of Perspective (Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro)
by Josefine Borrmann, Julia Luhnau