DER Documentary

Video in the Villages series

From the Video in the Villages Collection

About the Video in the Villages Series
These films are proof of the power of video. Whether used to empower marginalized groups politically or to record valued cultural traditions, video images are altering indigenous people's self-perception and their interactions with outsiders - just as communications technologies have transformed other cultures.

Films in 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

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.

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