Film history demonstrates that Indigenous communities have been involved in cinema since its advent, protagonists of an aesthetics of resistance which has been enacted on screens. This year Document honours the lifetime work of Colombian filmmaker Marta Rodríguez with a special presentation of the digitally remastered Our Voice of Earth, Memory and Future, produced with co-director Jorge Silva in collaboration with the Coconuco community.
The feature films included in this strand concern environmental justice, spiritual repair and the connections between memory and identity – calling attention to diverse forms of resistance, exposing life, death, territory, and the transformative power of film as storytelling.
Susana de Sousa Dias’ latest work, Fordlandia Malaise, explores the legacy and landscape of Henry Ford’s failed neocolonialist endeavour to build a factory town in the Amazon, which remains in ruins in the threatened rainforest today; whilst Camila Freitas’s Chão, depicts protagonists from the Landless Workers movement in Brazil fighting for land reform, a battle made all the more important as President Jair Bolsonaro declares the landless ‘enemies of the nation’. And the strand’s coda takes the form of a sister programme of Indigenous-authored short films – Truambi (lullaby) – exploring contemporary representations of indigeneity.
Co-curated with Dr Charlotte Gleghorn – Lecturer in Latin American Film Studies, Edinburgh University