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From the Video in the Villages collection

About Rituals
Video in the Villages approaches ritual and cultural traditions in complicity with Indians, allowing for respectful documentation that is staged by ritual participants. Indians themselves give insight into the beliefs that motivate their traditional rites, as opposed to an outside observer.

About the Video in the Villages collection
For over 14 years, the Video in the Villages' project has encouraged the encounter of the Indians with their images. The project's proposal is to turn video into a tool that will enable the expression of their identity, reflecting their vision about themselves and about the world.

While providing the indigenous communities with video equipment, the project has stimulated image and information exchange among the nations. Initially the training of Indian video-makers was done village-by-village, providing records for their own use. Today, through national and regional workshops, they learn and discuss together ways to present their reality, for their own people and for the world. The documentaries develop issues that are considered important by their communities. The project's collection includes a series of documentaries produced by the team of trainers and by indigenous video-makers.

films in the Rituals series:
Yákwa, The Banquet of the Spirits

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