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ECHOES Indigenous Film Festival
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Fri 19 – Sun 21 May 2023

Xe Ñe’e (My Being / Meu Ser), dir. Graci Guarani, Brazil 2022, 7 min, Guarani-Kaiowá & Spanish with English subtitles

Experience the power of Indigenous culture through the lens of cinema at the upcoming second edition of the ECHOES Indigenous Film Festival. The three-day festival will showcase 18 films from 13 ethnic groups spread across 10 regions in Brazil and neighbouring territories Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Argentina. 

Curated by filmmakers Graciela Guarani, Takumã Kuikuro and Ziel Karapotó and brought to you by People’s Palace Projects and Queen Mary University, this edition’s programme highlights the evolution of Indigenous aesthetics and languages through diverse multi-artistic styles, intellectual and political narratives, and experimental works that delve into the female body’s wisdom as a weapon and present nudity in a fresh and thought-provoking way, stimulating intercultural dialogue.

The programme features 21 directors presenting statements of identity search, heritage recognition and cultural manifestos. They assert their rights to their lands and cultural expression, long neglected by the Brazilian government. The festival encapsulates the challenges faced by Indigenous communities and explores instigating themes such as climate change and political and economic marginalisation, and human rights violations.

Supported by Iris Foundation, Nia Tero, The Roddick Foundation, The Caring Family Foundation, the Embassy of Brazil in London and Institute Guimarães Rosa, Queen Mary University of London and Arts Council England.

A person with dirt on his chest rests in a bed covered with dirt, in a jungle. He has a pipe attached to his mouth, which is receiving water from a small water cooler tank.

Fri, 19 May 2023, 6:30pm
Opening: Images of Enchantment + Q&A
Nine visually striking short films foregrounding the effects of centuries of colonisation and capitalist exploitation on Indigenous communities and the violent attempts to erase their culture.

A woman faces the camera, covered in cheetah print orange and black paint, and holding a skull

Sat 20 May, 4:30pm
Ritual Body + Q&A
Three experimental films explore the wisdom of the Indigenous female body as a weapon and trigger, while also offering a fresh interpretation of nudity.

A group of people walk through grassy foggy grassy fields on the edge of the jungle

Sun 21 May 2023, 4:30pm
Possible Universe
Indigenous artists venture into unfamiliar creative territory to express their cultures, traditions, and unique perspectives, while provoking dialogues and challenging the traditional norms of cinema.