DER Documentary

Meeting Ancestors

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From the Encounters series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Vincent Carelli, Dominique Gallois
color, 22 min, 1993

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This video documents an encounter between two groups of indigenous Brazilian people. Wai-Wai, a Waiãpi leader, takes a trip to meet the Zo'é, a group only recently contacted by outsiders. Both tribes speak Tupi-Guarani dialects and share many cultural traditions; a rapport quickly develops between Wai-Wai and the Zo'é as they take on the roles of anthropologists, questioning one another about hunting techniques, crafts, and forms of dress. Having had more experience with white society, Wai-Wai is able to warn the Zo'é about the potential danger of gold prospectors. He also introduces video technology, to everyone's fascination, and makes videos of his trip to show to everyone at home.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Sol de Ouro (First Prize), 9th Rio-Cine Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1993
JVC President's Award, 16th Tokyo Video Festival, Tokyo, Japan, 1993
Prix du Court métrage, 16ème Festival International de Films Ethnographiques et Sociologiques / Cinéma du Réel, Paris, France, 1994
Best Video, II National Film and Video Festival, Cuiabá, Brazil, 1994

other films from the Encounters series:
We Gather as a Family

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