The opus, whose title means
Our home, was shot in the arid highlands of the Potosí region of Bolivia, in Quechua territory. Already acclaimed in several international festivals, notably during the last edition of Sundance, the South American work addresses very contemporary themes for the First Nations of the region such as rural exodus, acculturation and the devastating consequences of climate change.
The second prize went to another quality Bolivian production: El Great movement (the big movement, in French), by Kiro Russo. This time, direction La Paz, the teeming and dusty Andean capital, where we meet a miner who has come to town with his friends to take part in a workers’ demonstration.
On the spot, the man (played by a charismatic Julio César Ticona) falls strangely ill. He then seeks help from a shaman-healer. The filmmaker Russo signs here an ultra-aesthetic and inventive film on the secular beliefs of the first peoples confronted with the predation of a capitalist system. Note that this film also won the award for best cinematography.
We stay in South America since the jury awarded the prize for best documentary to Apenas he floor (Nothing that the Sun), by Arami Ullón. The Paraguayan director, who now lives in Switzerland, follows with her camera the race against time of Mateo Sobode Chiqueno who relentlessly records the songs, legends and testimonies of the Ayoreo Indigenous people, whose millennial culture and memory are threatened by forced sedentarization.
Two titles stood out this year for the Rigoberta Menchú award. The grand prize went to the exceptional powerlands, by Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso. This Canadian-American co-production immerses us in the heart of the many struggles of Indigenous women from all over the world to preserve their lands and their heritage.
The second prize in the category was awarded to Tystnaden I Sapmi, by Norwegian Liselotte Wajstedt, a poignant documentary recounting the courage of two Sami women who decided to break the silence in the era of the #MeToo movement.
It’s the inevitable Wildhood, by Mi’kmaq filmmaker Bretten Hannman, who won the APTN award, an award dedicated to an Aboriginal filmmaker who has distinguished himself during the year. In this road movie full of promise, two young boys, carried by the interpretations of Phillip Lewitski and Avery Winters, go in search of their Aboriginal identity.
The brothers will meet on the way a young man named Pasmay (Joshua Odjick, originally from Kitigan Zibi in Quebec) who will agree to accompany them in their quest. A powerful work on rebellion, youth and freedom.
On the short film side, the TurnedNews.com Indigenous Spaces award went to Song of the arctic, by Germaine Arnattaujuq, Neil Christopher and Louise Flaherty. In six minutes flat, the trio tells us, in music and animated images, the genesis of the world according to the Inuit tradition of Nunavut. A special mention is given to Imalirijitby Vincent L’Hérault and Tim Anaviapik Soucie.
The International Short Film Prize goes to Flores of the llanura, by the Mexican Mariana X. Rivera, who is interested in the Amuzgo people in the state of Guerrero. Against a backdrop of feminicide and exclusion, the story focuses on a community ready to do anything to save its dignity and its ancestral traditions.
Finally, Brazilian director Vincent Carelli received the Historic Achievement Award
for his work over four decades to give image and voice to the indigenous peoples of Brazil. His most recent opus Adeus, Capitao was also presented during the festival. A large-scale and ambitious production shot in Portuguese and parkatêjê, the language of the Gavião Indigenous Amazonian Nation.