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Accepted Paper:

Owners of the Water  
The Filmstream

Paper short abstract:

Paper long abstract:

<em>Filmmakers: Laura R. Graham (US), David Hernández Palmar (Venezuela), Caimi Waiassé (Brazil) </em>

A unique collaboration between two indigenous filmmakers and an anthropologist, Owners of the Water is a compelling documentary with groundbreaking ethnographic imagery. A central Brazilian Xavante, a Wayuu from Venezuela, and a US anthropologist explore an indigenous campaign to protect a river from devastating effects of uncontrolled Amazonian soy cultivation. The film highlights a civic protest showing strategic use of culture to bring attention to deforestation and excessive use of agro-toxins in unregulated soy cultivation. The film features a diversity of Xavante opinions and evidence that non-indigenous members of the local population both support and oppose indigenous demands. The film showcases indigenous efforts to build networks among different native peoples and across nations.

34', 2009


Panel W104
Visual representation of crisis through ethnographic film
  Session 1