Vincent Carelli

1988, 27:00 minutes, colour, French


Directed by Vincent Carelli

"This is what we've been doing since the time of our ancestors, our grandfathers and fathers, our mothers' grandmothers. This is how we've done it and what we're trying to remember." -Chief Kokrenum

Pemp traces the resistance and strategy of the Parakatêjê in their 25-year struggle to maintain their autonomy in the face of huge development projects in the south of Pará - - from the initial recovery of their lands in 1957, through dealings with FUNAI in the 60s and the appropriation of brazilnut monopolies, through to their current negotiations with the government, Eletronorte and the Vale do Rio Doce Company over the Transamazonia Highway, the Tucurui hydroelectric power station and the Carajás mining railroad and the flooding of their land with landless, migrant farmworkers.

In this context,
Pemp shows the Parakatêjê's most precious project- the preservation of their ceremonies and songs- and documents how Kokrenum, chief and keeper of the group's traditions, uses video to transmit them to future generations.

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