Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires Festivales de Buenos Aires


17 April 2012

The everyday reality of a tribe from Alto Xingu, Mato Grosso, is affected by the illness and imminent death of the most long-lived woman in the community, who is the “living” memory of the group. So, her husband decides to carry out the maximum ritual for women as a way to keep the rites and traditions transmitted for centuries, from generation to generation. Directed by Carlos Fausto, Leo Sette and the native Takumã Kuikuro, and produced by AIKAX (Associação Indigena dos Kuikuro do Alto Xingu), the documentary As hiper mulheres is a stunning, captivating and moving piece. Since its premiere in 2011, the film has amassed several awards at different festivals in Brazil (Gramado, Brasilia, Goiania) and now arrives at BAFICI with a charm of its own. There are tickets available for the screening on Friday 20, which can be purchased at ticket outlets or at this website.

“We wanted to make a film the least bit ethnographic or contextualized,” said Carlos Fausto, the project’s anthropologist and co-director. “Our interest was to talk about music, memory and transmission of knowledge through affection and family relationships.” This ritual had been performed for the last time in the village portrayed in As hiper mulheres in 1982. In this new approach, which started in 2002 with the project “Vídeo en las Aldeas” (video in villages) and was financially supported by Brazil’s Institute of National Artistic and Historical Heritage, the production team got in intimate contact with the tribe.

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