Critical Writing Index

Video in the villages, documentary and "otherness"

by Jean-Claude Bernardet

Video in the Villages: Through Indian Eyes, 2004, pp. 8-11

Carmo Olinda: Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, 2004

Bernarbet examines the philosophy of "otherness" of the program Video in the Villages. Through the program, indigenous villages in Brazil learn to embrace and incorporate video in the service of their projects for politic and ethnic affirmation. People from one village would travel to and film life in other villages. The films are then circulated back at their own village. In doing so, the subjects (filmmakers) shift from filming from the center to filming as an "other" themselves and through their films, enable the viewers to better understand their own cultures.

ITEM 2004.142 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

From the Ikpeng children to the worldKumaré, Karané and Natuyu Yuwipo Txiçao

The Xavante's initiationCaimi Waiassé, Divino Tserewahú, Jorge Protodi, Winti Suyá

The power of the dreamDivino Tserewahú

The rainy seasonIsaac and Valdete Pinhanta, Tsirotsi Ashaninka, Lullu Manchineri, Maru Kaxinawá