Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

(Re)Exist in the Present, Imagine the Future: Indigenous Cinema in Brazil


Friday, May 5, 2023

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Leung Conference Room, Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

Please join the Brazil Initiative and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies for (Re)Exist in the Present, Imagine the Future: Indigenous Cinema in Brazil. We will have an early afternoon screening of Sueli Maxakali’s film Yãy tu nunãhã payexop: Encontro de Pajés (2021, 27 min, Maxakali) and a roundtable discussion with filmmakers Sueli Maxakali, Carolina Canguçu and Fernanda Faya in conversation with Leila Lehnen & Iris Montero.

Sueli Maxakali: filmmaker, teacher at the Formação Transversal em Saberes Tradicionais of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and president of the Maxakali de Aldeia Verde Association. In her films, she explores cinema's possibilities as a form to register the culture of her community. Her award-winning film Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: This Land Is Our Land! Won the International Competition Award at Sheffield Doc 2021.

Carolina Canguçu holds a master's degree in Social Communication from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. She is an editor, researcher on indigenous cinema, professor of cinema, and curator of documentary exhibitions. She is a member of the Filmes de Quintal collective, which organizes one of Brazil’s most important ethnographic film festivals, the forumdoc.bh.

Fernanda Faya is a Brazilian filmmaker, cinematographer, and educator. She directed One for the Road, 12min, 2017 (DOC NYC), Neirud NEIRUD, 72min, 2023 (in post-production, Estimulo Prize of the Government of São Paulo), and Alone Together, 15min, 2023 (in post-production). Faya holds an MFA in Film from Hunter College, where she received the Excellence in Filmmaking Award, and currently teaches at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Leila Lehnen, Associate Professor, Chair of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies

Iris Montero, Assistant Professor, Hispanic Studies