Against Ethnography

Curated by Argentine film scholar Federico Windhausen, this revealing program of contemporary videos from Latin America charts the limits of communication between indigenous and non-indigenous worlds. Vincent Carelli and Dominique Gallois’s MEETING ANCESTORS (A ARCA DOS ZO'É, Brazil 1993) follows an Amazonian tribal leader who uses videotape to share stories about the past and dangers of encroaching development. Vicente Cueto records Peruvian villagers identifying the clothing of victims of 1980s guerrilla military conflict unearthed by an anthropology team in Raccaya Umasi (Peru, 2015). And, in the elegiac CONTORNOS (Peru, 2014), Ximena Garrido-Lecca meditates on the loss of history and geography in the Andean mining city of Cerro de Pasco. Also on the program: BILINGÜE (Leticia Obeid, Argentina, 2013) and TROPIC POCKET (Camilo Restrepo, Colombia, 2011).

Chicago: Feb. 16 at Siskel Film Center. Q&A with curator.

February 15
El Estudiante
February 16
Mauro