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NCLAFF: Indigenous Short Films

poster for film Luna de verano
Thursday, October 12, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:10 pm
Gustavo Ulcue and Gunza Villafañe
North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Three short films by Indigenous filmmakers. Free and open to the public.

Luna de Verano (Summer Moon). With the presence of the director.
Dir. by Gustavo Ulcue (Nasa). 2023. 21 min. Nasayuwe with English subtitles.

Killed for his work as a guard and leader of the Nasa people, Deyanira loses her father when she is just a child. Forced to grow rapidly, she leaves her community to come to Cali in search of a job as a domestic worker that allows her to support her family. There the vexations, the permanent mistreatment and the exploitation, will be the coins that they receive as payment. This short film is part of the official selection of the 62nd version of the Cartagena International Film Festival #ficci62. This is a production made by the NasaLuucx Collective. Starring Helen Nathalia Campo Chocué, Luz Angela Osnas, Viviana Chocué, Karol Tatiana Cardona, José Silverio Navia, Ángel Calderón and Jhon Moreno.

Seyn Zare
Dir. by Yosokwi Collective, Amado Villafañe. Arhuaco. 2023. 16 min. Iku with English subtitles. With the presence of producer Gunza Villafañe, Producciones Yosokwi.

The ancestral vision of indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is based on the principles of the Law of Origin or Ley Sé. In the Kogi language, Sé means the passage from darkness to light, the limit between the spiritual and the material. The Arhuacos speak of this law as Seyn Zare and the Wiwas refer to it as Shenbuta. In accordance with this Law of Origin, each element of nature has a place and a purpose, a spiritual father and mother with whom it must communicate to permanently revive the norms that govern the lives of us human beings.

Dir. by Pedro Favaron. Shipibpo-Konibo. Peru. 2021. 32 minutes.

An intercultural film project that shows the visionary world of Meraya doctors, who are Shipibo-Konibo sages. The documentary introduces the viewer to the intimacy of the Peruvian Amazon, to the wisdom of forests and plants, and to the healing experience with Ayawaska, which is part of today's Shipibo-Konibo culture. It is visual anthropology from a poetic standpoint and with video art techniques. Meraya intertwines fundamental art and everyday practices of the Shipibo civilization: kené patterns and textile craft, and an understanding and profound respect for the forest and its beings (earthly and spiritual). These elements relate to equilibrium and to the ordered beauty of connecting.