Travessias 2022 – Essays From the Future (Ensaios do futuro) [Hybrid]
Watch in person: May 20 at 7:30pm & May 22 at 5pm
$13 General Admission
Sliding scale, $5–25
Header photo credit: Apiyemiyekî?, dir. Ana Vaz
Can the future foresee the past? Can it reinvent the way we interpret the histories and documents that arrived in our time? Drawing on archival materials and oral testimonies, the films in this program introduce underrepresented groups or individuals as narrators of their own stories.
Pode o futuro prever o passado? Ou reinventar a forma como interpretamos as histórias e os documentos que chegaram até nossos tempos? Usando imagens de arquivo, os filmes-ensaios desta sessão apresentam indivíduos ou grupos sub-representados como narradores de suas próprias histórias.
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Films in this program:
In Colmeia, a woman recently released from prison tells her story for the first time. Having christened herself Huri, she recounts how she faced judgment from neighbors and family members for defending herself from sexual assault. Set against a deceptively tranquil backdrop of lapping waves, Colmeia is intimate and poetic, enlivened with Huri’s interpretations of tarot and dreams.
(Maurício Chades, Brazil, 2021, 15 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles)
The White Death of the Black Wizard (A morte branca do feiticeiro negro)
Memories of Brazil’s history of slavery overflow into ethereal landscapes and harrowing noises. Through a poetic visual essay, an intimate sensory journey reflects on the silencing and erasure of Black people in the African diaspora.
Awarded 2020 Best Short Film by Brazilian Film Critics Association.
(Rodrigo Ribeiro, Brazil, 2020, 10 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles)
Apiyemiyekî? explores Brazilian educator Egydio Schwade’s ambitious efforts to record the memories of the Waimiri-Atroari, a tribe native to the Amazon who suffered acutely under Brazil’s military dictatorship from 1964-1985. In the 1970’s, the government appropriated their land to build the BR-174 highway while subjecting the tribe to chemical weapons and deadly exogenous diseases. Apiyemiyeki tells this history non-linearly, to haunting and hypnotic effect. The film pulls from Schwade’s corpus of over 3,000 drawings made by Waimari-Atroari, later used as forensic evidence of genocide in a governmental truth commission. Inspired by the pioneering educator Paulo Freire, Schwade emphasized the Waimari-Atroari’s “sovereignty” as learners while teaching them written language at their urging. Through stylistic innovations, Apiyemiyekî? conjures an atmosphere of dread amid unearthed memories. In superimposing the tribe’s drawings onto unstable black-and-white landscapes, set to a dissonant score, Apiyemiyekî? captures the fractured nature of traumatic memories.
(Ana Vaz, Brazil, 2020, 29 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles)
From domestic images, food reveals a way of living in community.
(Yasmin Thainá, Brazil, 2019, 27 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles)
This festival of contemporary Brazilian film gives marginalized voices the mic in discussions of race, sexuality, and governance. The 2022 fest runs May 19–22 in person, May 19–29 online. Travessias 2022 is curated by Calac Nogueira and Livia Lima, with support from Brazilian cinema scholar Emanuella Leite Rodrigues de Moraes, and Jonathan Warren, Professor and Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies.
Short film programs:
- Shorts A (in-person May 20 at 7:30pm & May 22 at 5pm | online May 19–29)
- Shorts B (in-person May 21 & 22 at 7:30pm | online May 19–29)
- Island (Ilha) (in-person May 20 at 7pm & May 21 at 5pm | online May 19–29)
- This Land is Our Land! (Nũhũ yãg mũ yõg hãm: essa terra é nossa!) (in-person May 21 at 4:30pm | online May 19–29)
- Sun Inside (Um filme de verão) (in-person May 21 at 7pm & May 22 at 4:30pm | online May 19–29)
- My Own Private Hell (Inferninho) (in-person May 22 at 7pm | online May 19–29)