2021, Fri, Jul 23

Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro

D: Marta Rodríguez, Colombia 1981, 107 min | Showing first: Navajo Rain Chant, 2 min

Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro (film still)

Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro (film still)

Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro

The dominant subject of Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva is the centuries-long oppression of farmers and indigenous peoples in Colombia, and their equally long resistance. Coming from a vocabulary informed by Marxism, indigenous narratives describing the beginning of the universe became more and more influential in their later work. The film is the result of this clarification process – unthinkable without the critical participation of the indigenous farmers of Coconuco. Its images form a tightly woven system of signs: furrows in the landscape, the backs of animals, the gestures of monuments, the myths and masks of the people and the breath that brings musical instruments to life.

Showing first:

Navajo Rain Chant

D: Susan Dyal, USA 1971, 2 min
The photograph of an Arizona mesa is transformed into authentic Navajo design patterns through animation techniques, accompanied by a Navajo rain chant on the soundtrack. (Creative Film Society Catalog, 1975)