DER Documentary

The Spirit of TV

From the Video in the Villages series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Vincent Carelli
color, 18 min, 1990

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Beginning with the arrival by canoe of a TV and VCR in their village, The Spirit of TV documents the emotions and thoughts of the Waiãpi as they first encounter their own recorded images and those of others. Viewing news broadcasts and videos of other Brazilian native peoples, the Waiãpi see the power of images to facilitate memory preservation and political awareness. Some people worry, though about the invasive spirits of outsiders that can come through the TV. Another concern is the negative exposure that might result from the Waiãpi broadcasting their own images.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Golden Sun Award. 8th Rio Cine Festival, Brazil, 1992
Third Place, 9th VideoBrazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1992
Best Documentary, IV Indigenous People Film Fest., Peru, 1992
Video and TV award, VIII Latinamerican Fill Fest., Italy, 1993

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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
Video in the Villages

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