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Nothing But The Sun

Arami Ullón
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A gripping film on an almost wiped out culture in a destroyed landscape.

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Mateo Sobode Chiqueño’s ancestors worshiped the sun, which they saw as a superior and generous being. But for Mateo and his generation, the sun has primarily become a threat, turning deforested areas into dry, dusty plains—filmed here beautifully but ominously. Some Ayoreo still live in seclusion in the forests of the Chaco in Paraguay. But many more, Mateo among them, were herded into isolated settlements by missionaries, who took their land and forcibly converted them to Christianity. He started recording Ayoreo conversations, stories, and songs in the 1970s, and is still travelling to Ayoreo communities with his now-antique cassette recorder to interview them and collect their voices for his audio archive. Occasionally the device eats a tape, which he fixes with patient fiddling. The conversations express uncertainty about the loss of identity. Is it a problem that a culture disappears in order to adapt to another? How important is it to keep up with tradition? This powerful and interesting film poses the right questions accompanied by impressive images.

direction
Arami Ullón
duration
75 min
year
2020
country
Paraguay, Switzerland
language
Spanish, Aroyeo
Subtitles
Dutch
  • Not harmful / all ages

#oorspronkelijkebewoners #kolonialisme #natuur

Eloquent and emotional insights into the continuing catastrophe of colonialism.

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