Beautifully shot using real scope and sensitivity towards the people and the environment, with a gentle pace that gradually unfolds from the central narrative of the abuse of a captured girl by settlers, and the role of anthropology in legitimizing the colonial era, to the oppressions still faced by indigenous communities.
A sincere narrator-led documentary in the vein of Guzman's Boton de Nacar but without quite the same scope or lyricism. Nevertheless, it suceeds in two ways: with its emotional (if somewhat cursory) look at the treatment of Paraguay's indigenous Ache people by white settlers, and also with its incisive critique of eugenicist anthropological inquiry (exemplified by Lehmann Nitsche, a 19th c. German scientist).
"She is dead, and she is going to die …" The long history of western cruelty and the continuing postcolonial struggle of indigenous people, reflected in the photo of a naked, 14-year old girl soon to be dissected and stored in boxes in the name of an inhumane science. Truly remarkable, heartbreaking and important work by Mouján.
This document is a stark reminder of how cruel, discriminative, or simply indifferent we are capable of being to each other. It also explores some ethical dilemmas concerning science, anthropology, medicine... It's both powerful and sad. I wished there was slightly more focus on the Aché ethnic group, giving them a better chance to explain and introduce themselves to the world (rather than being "just" victims)...
A documentary on ethhnocentric anthropology's wounds inflicted on the people of Aché in Paraguay. Serene in tone it is free of resentful anger; rather, it slows down the testimonials and the voice-over and thus magnifies the silence of the landscape and the dignity if the people, inversely related to the aporetic gaze of Damiana's b/w photo. Like the angel of history she keeps open the remembrance of dispossession.
A fascinating documentary that takes a cue from a brutally tragic moment in history, brings to light some further horrific details about the shortened and pained life of the young girl who has her name used for the title, and yet also provides some satisfying moments as we see those people who have persisted to find some kind of restitution.
A contemplative documentary that spends as much time among the Aché people as it does recounting Kryygi's tragic narrative. This allows the film to--gently but pointedly--contrast the deeply felt Aché response to Kryygi's tale with the academic/clinical approach of European(ized) anthropologists and historians, who calmly(!) recount the graphic details of Kryygi's body being ripped apart for the sake of science.
This documentary is a sad tracking of the remains of a former slave. The museum that has inherited her bones/remains returns these remains to the tribe and there is much reconciliation and high emotions involving this return. The filmmakers do a good job of telling the story and highlighting the slave girl's sad, sad life. Her treatment as a specimen rather than a human being is the most shocking thing of all.
Reconstruction of a genocide personified in the simple and tragic story of parade and humiliation of a native American girl. The film relentlessly hammers consciences leaving an indelible print of remorse and awareness however, despite its length, its scope remains frustratingly narrow, never engaging in higher goals or deepening our understanding, mesmerised by its modest achievement.