DER Documentary

Wai'á Rini, The Power of the Dream

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From the Indigenous Video Makers series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Divino Tserewahoú
color, 65 min, 2001

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In the Wai'á ceremony, young Xavante men undergo suffering as an initiation into spiritual life and a way to make contact with supernatural forces. The boys are divided into groups, and under the supervision of past initiates they perform weeks of physical trials in the hot sun. Their guardians induce ritual fainting in the boys, in order to give them dreams that will in turn have the power to make reality. The Wai'á ceremony takes place only about every 15 years, and its leaders want to create a visual record with the help of Xavante filmmaker Divino TserewahWai'á. Some aspects of the menŐs ceremony, however, are hidden from women and therefore cannot be recorded on video.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Prize KICHWA Nationality, IV First Nations Film and Video Festival of ABYA YALA, Equador, 2001
Anaconda Award, II Anaconda 2002, Bolivia

other films from the Indigenous Video Makers series:
One Must Be Curious
Moyngo, The Dream of Maragareum
Wapté Mnhõnõ, The Xavante's Initiation
The Rainy Season
Dancing with a Dog
Kinja Iakaha, A Day in the Village
Nguné Elü, The Day the Moon Menstruated
A Path to Live
Trainees for the Future
The Living Forest
From the Ikpeng Children to the World

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