Travessias 2022 – This Land is Our Land! (Nũhũ yãg mũ yõg hãm: essa terra é nossa!) [Hybrid]
Watch in person: May 21 at 4:30pm
$13 General Admission
Sliding scale, $5–25
(Isael Maxakali, Sueli Maxakali, Carolina Canguçu & Roberto Romero, Brazil, 2020, 70 min, in Maxakali & Portuguese with English subtitles)
This Land is Our Land! is a powerful and urgent profile of the Maxakali or Tikmu’un, a Brazilian indigenous group struggling with the impacts of deforestation and white vigilante violence. Threaded through with folklore and ancient wisdom, the film implores the viewer to remember that “The earth is our kin!”
Its Tikmu’un subjects wander through a landscape transformed by agriculture: trees replaced with cattle feed, ponds no longer hospitable to fish, roads overtaken by native plants, and fields cordoned off with barbed wire. Even the limits of their reserve have been encroached upon in recent years. As they walk familiar, primordial paths, they pray that the land will one day belong to them and the yãmĩyxop spirits once again.
Animated by raw anger and resentment, they also decry a double standard where murders against Tikmu’un go unpunished while they are over-penalized for petty crimes. Tense interactions with hostile white strangers are evidence of pervasive prejudice. But as This Land is Our Land! powerfully demonstrates, the Maxakali remain defiant in the face of colonization, determined to tell their stories. They will continue to chant in unison, “This land is our land!”
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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)