• Guardians of the Forest

Indigenous Guardians: Two Documentary Films

January 21–March 31, 2021

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Recorded Conversation
Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy, Ariel Duarte Ortega, and Natalia Brizuela

As part of this year's annual Les Blank Lecture, the Indigenous filmmakers Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy and Ariel Duarte Ortega, who made Bicycles of Nhanderu, engage in an illuminating conversation with Natalia Brizuela, professor of Film & Media and Spanish & Porguese at UC Berkeley about their filmmaking practice as members of the Mbyá-Guarani Cinema Collective. Interpretation is provided by Sandra Bezerra. Access is included with rental of the streaming film program.


Recorded Conversation
Milson Silva Guajajara, Jocy Guajara, and Luisa Lanna

Also part of the Les Blank Lecture, the Indigenous filmmakers Milson Silva Guajajara and Jocy Guajara, who made Guardians of the Forest, speak with Luisa Lanna about the essential role of filmmaking in protecting their lands. A film editor, educator, and producer, Lanna has collaborated with the Brazilian Video in the Villages project since 2017, where she coordinated the workshops for this film. Interpretation is provided by Sandra Bezerra. Access is included with rental of the streaming film program.

Double Feature

Bicycles of Nhanderu
(Bicicletas de Nhanderú)

Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy, Ariel Duarte Ortega, Brazil, 2011

The second film made by the Mbyá-Guarani Cinema Collective, Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy and Ariel Duarte Ortega's Bicycles of Nhanderu depicts the everyday life of the Mbyá-Guarani in the filmmakers’ village of Koenju, in southern Brazil. It is centered on two young brothers—one of whom shares critical observations: “The whites always want to pay less and take more”—and several elders, guardians of traditional values and spirituality.

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • Guaraní
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 48 mins
source
  • Video in the Villages (Vídeo nas Aldeias)

Guardians of the Forest
(Zawxiperkwe Ka’a: Guardiões da Floresta)

Jocy Guajajara, Milson Silva Guajajara, Brazil, 2019

The documentary Guardians of the Forest opens with a shot of a long fence lined with pieces of meat. The meaning of this becomes clear over the course of the film, made by two members of the Guardians of the Forest. This group has taken on the perilous work of patrolling the Indigenous lands of Caru, where they encounter illegal livestock grazing, logging operations, and land grabs. As their territorial demarcations are not enforced by the government, Indigenous assemblies negotiate these ongoing conflicts.

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • Portuguese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 50 mins
source
  • Video in the Villages (Vídeo nas Aldeias)
Followed By

Letter for Verá, from Jurina—Pindó Poty
(Carta para Verá, de Jurina—Pindó Poty)

Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy, Brazil, 2017

A fragment from Jeguatá: travel notebook (Jeguatá: Caderno de Viagem) by Ana Carvalho, Ariel Kuaray Ortega, Fernando Ancil, and Patricia Yxapy; Rumos Itaú Cultural, 2016-2017.

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • Guaraní
  • with English and Portuguese subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 4 mins
source
  • The artists