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Apiyemiyekî?
Apiyemiyekî?
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APIYEMIYEKÎ?

Directed by Ana Vaz
Brazil, France, 2020
Avant-Garde, Short

Synopsis

This cinematographic portrait originates in 3,000 drawings made by the Waimiri-Atroari, a people native to the Brazilian Amazon. The drawings are animated onto landscapes and sights, serving as a visual memory of the violent attacks they were submitted to during Brazil’s military dictatorship.

Synopsis

This cinematographic portrait originates in 3,000 drawings made by the Waimiri-Atroari, a people native to the Brazilian Amazon. The drawings are animated onto landscapes and sights, serving as a visual memory of the violent attacks they were submitted to during Brazil’s military dictatorship.

Our take

This multi-layered, glimmering short from Ana Vaz makes a salient study of how colonial violence crushed an Indigenous community. The expressive drawings of the Waimiri-Atroari speak to the silent horrors of the dictatorship, leaving us with a single question: Apiyemiyekî? translates to “why?”