Travessias Brazilian Film Festival 2022

Essays From the Future (Ensaios do futuro)

Expired May 30, 2022 6:59 AM
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In-person screenings of this program will take place on May 20 at 7:30pm & May 22 at 5pm at Northwest Film Forum.

Travessias Brazilian Film Festival 2022 will be held both virtually and in-person. VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID Festival Passes are available here!

Can the future foresee the past? Can it reinvent the way we interpret the histories and documents that arrived in our time? Drawing on archival materials and oral testimonies, the films in this program introduce underrepresented groups or individuals as narrators of their own stories.

Pode o futuro prever o passado? Ou reinventar a forma como interpretamos as histórias e os documentos que chegaram até nossos tempos? Usando imagens de arquivo, os filmes-ensaios desta sessão apresentam indivíduos ou grupos sub-representados como narradores de suas próprias histórias.

Apiyemiyekî? explores Brazilian educator Egydio Schwade's ambitious efforts to record the memories of the Waimiri-Atroari, a tribe native to the Amazon who suffered acutely under Brazil’s military dictatorship from 1964-1985. In the 1970’s, the government appropriated their land to build the BR-174 highway while subjecting the tribe to chemical weapons and deadly exogenous diseases. Apiyemiyeki tells this history non-linearly, to haunting and hypnotic effect. The film pulls from Schwade’s corpus of over 3,000 drawings made by Waimari-Atroari, later used as forensic evidence of genocide in a governmental truth commission. Inspired by the pioneering educator Paulo Freire, Schwade emphasized the Waimari-Atroari’s “sovereignty” as learners while teaching them written language at their urging. Through stylistic innovations, Apiyemiyekî? conjures an atmosphere of dread amid unearthed memories. In superimposing the tribe’s drawings onto unstable black-and-white landscapes, set to a dissonant score, Apiyemiyekî? captures the fractured nature of traumatic memories.

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    29 minutes
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  • Director
    Ana Vaz
  • Screenwriter
    Ana Vaz
  • Producer
    Annemiek van Gorp, Olivier Marbœuf, Anže Peršin
  • Cinematographer
    Ana Vaz
  • Editor
    Ana Vaz
  • Composer
    Guilherme Magalhães Vaz
  • Sound Design
    Ana Vaz, Nuno da Luz