• The Black Cave
  • La libertad

schedule

Beyond Ethnography: Three Short Films

Tonight’s program features three short works made over the last twenty years that expand the nonfiction form, drawing variously on activist video, experimental film, and performance. While grounded in ethnography, they move beyond recording another culture to involve their subjects in the shaping of the story and making of the work, while also bringing attention to the aesthetics and process of filmmaking. Video in the Villages Presents Itself documents a twenty-five-year history of developing a model for indigenous-made media in Brazil that includes workshops, research, reenactments, and advocacy. The Black Cave moves between a Taino creation myth and two boys’ play as it creatively explores the layered history of Puerto Rico’s Paso del Indio. La libertad finds its structure in the pre-Hispanic backstrap loom, weaving a portrait of one Mexican family’s relationship to art, craft, and freedom.

Films in this Screening

Video in the Villages Presents Itself
(Video nas aldeias se apresenta)

Vincent Carelli, Mari Corrêa, Brazil, 2002

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • Portuguese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 33 mins
source
  • Video Data Bank

The Black Cave
(La cueva negra)

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Puerto Rico, 2013

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 21 mins
source
  • Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

La libertad

Laura Huertas Millán, United States, Mexico, Colombia, 2017

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 29 mins
source
  • Studio Arturo Lucia