Against Ethnography

Friday, February 17
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
United States
Curated by 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’ Meeting Ancestors / A arca dos Zo'é (Brazil, 1993) follows an Amazonian tribal leader who makes videotapes to share stories about the past and dangers of encroaching development. Vicente Cueto records villagers identifying the recently unearthed clothing of victims of Peru's 1980's internal armed conflict 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 are Billngüe (Leticia Obeid, Argentina, 2013) and Tropic Pocket (Camilo Restrepo, Columbia, 2011). Spanish, Portuguese, Wichi, and Tupi with English subtitles. 

1993—2015, Argentina/Brazil/Colombia/Peru, multiple directors, multiple formats, ca 76 min + discussion

Curator Federico Windhausen in person

Federico Windhausen is a film scholar and curator based in Buenos Aires. He has presented film programs at venues such as TIFF Bell Lightbox, the London Film Festival, the San Francisco Cinematheque, UnionDocs, and Anthology Film Archives. In 2014 he led the first Oberhausen Seminar, and in 2016 he curated the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen’s Theme program. His writing has been published in journals such as Moving Image Review & Art Journal.