10:30-11:45 am: Shorts Program

Shorts Program and discussion with André Lopes and David Hernández Palmar

Dijaawa Wotunnöi by Kuyujani Saúl Lopez and Hadit Montero (Ye´kwana, Venezuela)
The story of Kawashidi, a Yekuana man whose wife is killed by an evil spirit who then challenges him and tests his intelligence.

Soeurs Jarariju/Hermanas Jarariju by Jorge Cadena (Wayuu, Colombia)
Viviana and Yandris weave red and yellow yarn into bags. In the distance we hear the hammering of machines, the wail of sirens and the thunder of explosions. The depleted, dead earth has a metallic silvery gleam. The Wayuu sisters live on the edge of a coal mine in northern Colombia. Employing an ancient ritual, their grandmother prepares girls for the traditional role as a wife, but their father wants the girls to leave this ruined homeland.

Dizhsa Nabani: gal ria’t chuculat by Moisés García Guzmán Brook Lillehaugen (Zapotec)
Dizhsa Nabani is a documentary web series that explores the relationship between identity, language, and daily life in the Valley Zapotec community of San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya. Episodes examine topics including farming practices, cooking techniques, and artistic performance and creation. In this way, the series traces efforts of Tlacochahuaya community members, from farmers to artisans to public officials, to sustain and revalorize their use of the Zapotec language against anti-Indigenous discrimination.

Wapu o Acai dos Wayana by André Lopes, and Tyna Apalai Wayana (Wayana, Brazil)
Wapu, açaí in the Wayana language, is a native fruit of the Amazon. The film’s main character is this fruit and shows how everyday ritual and music are interconnected in the past and present. The images and sounds were captured by young Wayana in July 2015 in the village Suwi-suwi mïn, Indigenous Land Rio Paru d’Este (Pará, Brazil).