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Indigenous Filmmakers: A New Social and Political Position 
Convenors:
Christian Fischgold (USP)
Renato Sztutman (University of São Paulo)
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Format :
Panel
Sessions:
Friday 10 March, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel aims to discuss the impact of filmmakers inside and outside indigenous communities. We seek to analyze the relationship with other members of the community, whether the camera subverts or reinforces gender issues, and how indigenous images are placed in a broader context.

Long Abstract:

As a contemporary cultural component, cinema has recently consolidated itself as one of the main discursive tools in the representation of indigenous peoples and cultures. Since the Navajo film project (1966), "indigenous media" (Ginsburg:1991) have been consolidating as a counter-hegemonic mode of representation of indigenous issues. In Latin America, several projects have been developed in recent decades in Bolivia, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Brazil. The filmmaker has become a central position in the exchange of symbolic production, and their work has contributed to subverting commonly held visual notions of what it means to be indigenous. In the last decade, the position has gained prominence alongside traditional roles such as community leader, chief, health worker, shaman, and teacher. What was previously seen as a temporary occupation has now been considered a permanent position. In other words, it indicates a shift from a transient practice to an aesthetically, politically, and professionally circumscribed activity. Indigenous audiovisual productions are now an important part of a set of decolonial aesthetics (cf. Quijano: 2000; 2007), responsible for the "displacement of imperial aesthetics" (Mignolo: 2005; 2010; 2018). This panel aims to discuss the filmmaker's relationship with other members of their communities, and the "agency" (Gell: 1998) of the camera in the relationship between images and subjects. In addition, it is important to discuss whether the camera subverts or reinforces gender issues and how indigenous images are placed in a broader context.

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Session 1 Friday 10 March, 2023, -
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