DER Documentary

We Gather as a Family


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From the Encounters series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Vincent Carelli
color, 32 min, 1993




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The Parakatêjê (Gavião) people of Pará have lost 80% of their population to disease since the 1950s. Kokrenum, the Parakatêjê's charismatic chief, worried about his people's cultural losses, organizes a visit to the Krahô, "relatives" of the Parakatêjê with similar language and traditions. Fifty young Parakatêjê participate in a Krahô festival of singing, body-painting and a long, strenuous relay race. Impressed by the KrahTÕs upkeep of their cultural traditions, The Parakatêjê return the invitation. Some are afraid that the Krahô will perceive them as overly "white" in their practices, but the visit takes place, both groups overcome prejudices about one another. Everyone plays a friendly game of Hawks and McCaws, and by making a video of the festivities, as one man says, "a road is opened between us." The two chiefs discuss cultural issues and seal a pact of friendship between their groups.


Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Best Video (Audience Award), São Luis Trophy and Jangada Trophy, 17th Guarnicê Video and Film Festival, Maranhão, Brazil, 1994

other films from the Encounters series:
Meeting Ancestors



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