SALSA 2019 Films

FILMSFilm screenings

Sesquiannual Conference 2019

Thursday, 27 June, KHM Bassano Saal

Chair: Beth Conklin, Vanderbilt University, USA

13:50 14:25 They are not yet grown (Charlotte Hoskins) – Makushi, Guyana, 2017. 19:50
14:25 14:45 Amazonimations (Camilla Morelli) – Matsés, Perú, 2019. 7:00 min.
14:45 15:30 ~KİRAÑİA (Long Flutes) (Juan Castrillón) – Cubeo, Colombia, 2019. 36:45


Sunday, 30 June, KHM Bassano Saal

ChairRenato Athias, NEPE/Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

10:00 10:30 Como si fuésemos los antiguos (Giovanna Bacchiddu) – Apiao children, Chile, 2017. 11:46
10:30 11:40 In Search of a Bororo Mr.Right (Flavia Kremer) – Bororo, Brazil, 2018. 43:04


They are not yet grown

Charlotte Hoskins
University of Oxford (

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.

SALSA 2019 Films: They are not yet grown

  • Director/Author: Charlotte Hoskins
  • Producer: Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
  • Year: 2017
  • Social group/Indigenous community: Makushi, Guyana
  • Language spoken: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Length: 19:50


Camilla Morelli
University of Bristol (

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.

SALSA 2019 Films: Amazonimations

  • Director/Author: Sophie Marsh – Camilla Morelli – Guillermo Nëcca Pëmen Mënquë
  • Producer: Sophie Marsh – Camilla Morelli – Guillermo Nëcca Pëmen Mënquë
  • Year: 2019
  • Social group/Indigenous community: Matses people in Estirón, Colonia Angamos and Iquitos (Loreto, Peru)
  • Language spoken: Matses
  • Subtitles: English
  • Length: 7 min

Como si fuésemos los antiguos

Giovanna Bacchiddu
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (

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.

SALSA 2019 Films: Como si fuésemos los antiguos

  • Director/Author: Josefina Buschmann
  • Producer: Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR)
  • Year: 2017
  • Social group/Indigenous community: Niños de una escuela rural de Apiao, Chiloé, Chile
  • Language spoken: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Length: 11:46 min

In Search of a Bororo Mr.Right

Flavia Kremer (remote connection)
Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester (

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.

SALSA 2019: In Search of Bororo Mr. Right

  • Director/Author: Flavia Kremer
  • Producer: Rafael Franco Coelho
  • Year: 2018
  • Social group/Indigenous community: Bororo, Brazil
  • Language spoken: Brazilian Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Length: 43:04

~KİRAÑİA (Long Flutes)

Juan Castrillón
University of Pennsylvania (

The 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.

SALSA 2019: Kiraiña

  • Director/Author: Juan Castrillon
  • Producer: Juan Castrillon
  • Year:  2019
  • Social group/Indigenous community: Cubeo Emi-Hehenewa, Vaupés, Southern Colombia
  • Languages spoken: Pamie (aka. Cubeo, Tukano Oriental) and Spanish.
  • Subtitles: English
  • Length: 36:45

–Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin (SALSA President 2017-2020), Jeremy M. Campbell (SALSA President-Elect 2020-2023), Laura Zanotti (Secretary-Treasurer 2017-2020), Claudia Augustat (SALSA 2019 Conference Organizer), Juan Alvaro Echeverri (SALSA 2019 Academic Program Chair), Glenn Shepard (SALSA Webmaster).