Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit
(Yãmĩyhex as mulheres-espírito)
Carolina Canguçu is an assistant director of Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit.
Roberto Romero is an assistant director of Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit.
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.
Gustavo Caboco is an artist from the Wapichana people in Brazil.
Indigenous filmmakers Sueli Maxakali and Isael Maxakali use film to preserve the memories, experiences, rituals, and struggles of their people—confirming an existence denied by the Brazilian government. Long ago, in an act of rebellion and revenge, the Tikmũ’ũn women disappeared into the water, leaving only one girl. These spirit women, the yãmĩyhex, visit Aldeia Verde (Minas Gerais) for several months, returning again and again as they miss their families. In Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit, villagers enact this history, followed by documentation of the preparations, feasts, and dances that mark the spirits leaving once more. As in their This Land Is Our Land!, screened at BAMPFA last year, the Maxakali are concerned with both the physical and the mythological. It is “a film haunted by a myth, inhabited by the careful construction of rituals and celebration, moved by the force of a spiritual bond with every manifestation of life” (Sheffield DocFest).
We Are Living Borders
Gustavo Caboco, Roseane Cadete, Brazil, 2022
We Are Living Borders examines the history of the Blood Beach Revolt, which took place in Roraima, in the Brazilian Amazon, in 1790, when Indigenous people who rebelled against the Portuguese occupation of their lands were massacred.
Alejandro Benites, Pindó Poty (Argentina)—Jeguatá
Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy, Brazil, 2017
Benites talks about the importance of walking and the land to the Nhanderu people. This is a fragment from Jeguatá: Travel Notebook (Jeguatá: Caderno de viagem) by Ana Carvalho, Ariel Kuaray Ortega, Fernando Ancil, and Patricia Yxapy; Rumos Itaú Cultural (2016–17).