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From the Video in the Villages series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Regina Müller, Virginia Valadão
color, 16 min, 1997

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The Asurini define video images as Morayngava, "the design of things." They are delighted to see their own images on-screen, and see video as a vehicle for teaching, remembrance and representation of dreamlike shamanic experiences. The older men lament that they never stored images of their ancestors, who will eventually be forgotten, raising the question of how video functions with memory - is it an aid, or a crutch? In examining the Asurini's attitudes about video, Morayngava looks at how image-making is linked with death, loss and preservation.

other films from the Video in the Villages series:
Daritidzé, Trainee Healer
The Girl's Celebration
Video Cannibalism
Jungle Secrets
Video in the Villages Presents Itself
The Spirit of TV
Video in the Villages

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