The International Festival “Présence Indigène” rewards 11 films


Mohawk director Roxanne White Penn received the Main Film Award for Emerging Indigenous Artists for her documentary. Haudenosaunee boat trip. Anonondaga and her daughter embarked on the waterways connecting the Iroquois nations.

I want to bring our stories to life on screen.

Quote from:Roxanne Whitbyn, Mohawk Director

I would like to see more of our work in popular media where budgets and productions are biggerRoxanne White Penn told Indigenous Spaces after the awards show.

fever It is the only award-winning feature film. This is a film by director Maya da Ren that tells the story of a Brazilian Tucano who settled in one of the country’s main ports to work there.

Film by Brazilian director Maya da Ren “A February”.

Photo: the presence of the aborigines

Until the last forest Received the first Teoykan Art Prize. Brazilian filmmaker Luiz Bolonisi reveals a contemporary colonial reality little known internationally: the lands of the Yanomami people have been polluted since 2019 by gold diggers who entered this region from Brazil and Venezuela on a large scale.

Documentary film photos Between fire and water It caught the attention of the jury which awarded the prize for best photography to Colombian director Viviana Gomez Echeverry. She wanted to show the reality of an adopted baby boy who is the only black person in the indigenous community of Quillasinga, Colombia.

“Between fire and water” by Colombian director Viviana Gómez Echeverry.

Photo: the presence of the aborigines

Two films presented in the Rigoberta Menchú Social Prize: Documentary AtagotalukWritten by Second Prize Winner Carol Konuk. It shows the mental and physical strength of the Inuit through the story of an Enoch woman who survived a great famine in the Igloolik community of Nunavut.

The grand prize goes to What happened to the bees? Which documents the opposition of the Mayans of Campeche to the cultivation of genetically modified soybeans by the multinational Monsanto which kills millions of bees. They propose a model of sustainable development rooted in Mayan traditions, among others, to save traditional beekeeping.

For Lands on the Horizon President Charles Bender, a door has been opened for people to listen to Indigenous peoples.

There is no excuse not to hear Indigenous voices

Quote from:Charles bender

We use state-of-the-art tools to impart essential truths, wisdom and ancestral teachings from around the worldMr. Bandar adds.

Abenaki director Kim Obomswain won the APTN award for her documentary Josephine Bacon : my name is human, where the poet reveals the places that marked her past to talk about a generation quietly leaving Mother Earth.

Cursed Quchiwato He won the award for best documentary. Peruvian director Roberto de la Puente questions the ethics of male behavior in Cusco by following him hunter skirt in his daily activities.

Two men dance outside the prison.

The documentary “Out of the Country” directed by Ciara Lacey.

Photo: the presence of the aborigines

In the category of short films nado Directed by: Nakota Jarrett Tooyong Min and Liliu from New Zealand director Jeremiah Twamiti is particularly important.

And so the rivers appeared For his part, he won the award for best animated film. This cartoon by Peruvian Miguel Araús Cartagena tells the story of the children of the Kokuma nation.

Special mentions were given to Lake by the director of CREE Alexandra Lazarovic, Beans by Mohawk Director Tracy Deere, as well as out of the country, which highlights the reality of Native Hawaiians.

ENOC artist Fate Saunders received a puzzle grant and the jury made a point of awarding honorary mentions to Anichinabe filmmakers Craig Commanda and Amanda Roy.


Darcy J. Skinner

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