we are telling a story of our existence
For a fascinating discussion of Sky Hopinka’s films, see Diana Flores Ruíz’s article in the latest issue of Film Quarterly, “Desire Lines: Sky Hopinka’s Undisciplining of Vision.”
Note: Natalie Diaz was unable to attend.
Natalie Diaz is the author of Postcolonial Love Poems (2020), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; a language activist, she is Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University, where she teaches in the MFA program.
Natalia Brizuela is the Class of 1930 Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies and a professor in the Departments of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese at UC Berkeley.
Seven diverse films feature archival footage and audio recordings, public testimony and personal memories. Metamorphosis, an episode from the Flechas series by Ailton Krenak, Anna Dantes, and other members of Selvagem Cycle of Studies, brings together the work of Indigenous leaders, shamans, scientists, and artists. Mojave American poet Natalie Diaz’s first film features her poem “The First Water Is the Body,” which recalls that we all come from water, while cell phone recordings by Wichí elder Caístulo translate messages from trees that have survived agribusiness’s onslaught. Alanis Obomsawin’s Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair pays tribute to the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and includes painful testimony from Indigenous students of Canada’s residential school system. Sebastián Calfuqueo’s Mapu kufüll, Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy’s Letter for Verá, from Jurina, and Sky Hopinka’s recent Kicking the Clouds powerfully look to family and ancestors for strength and guidance.
Films in this Screening
Ailton Krenak, Anna Dantes, Brazil, 2021
Natalie Diaz, United States, 2021
(Mariscos de tierra, Mushrooms)
Sebastián Calfuqueo, Chile, 2020
My Eternal Life Remains Here
(Mi vida eterna permanece aquí)
Guido Yannitto, Caístulo (Juan de Dios López), Andrei Fernández, Argentina, 2021
Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair
Alanis Obomsawin, Canada, 2021
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.
Kicking the Clouds
Sky Hopinka, United States, 2021