The Day When the Moon Menstruated, Nguné Elü

Video in the Villages

2004 | 00:28:00 | Brazil | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Indigenous, Myth

During a video workshop in the Kuikuro village in the Upper Xingu, Brazil, an eclipse takes place. Suddenly, everything changes. The animals take new forms. Blood falls from the sky like rain. The sound of the sacred flutes crosses the dark night. There is no time to lose. One must sing and dance. The world must be awakened. In this video, the Kuikuro video makers tell us what happened when the moon menstruated.

Direction: Takumã e Maricá Kuikuro

Photography: Takumã, Mariká, Amuneri, Asusu, Jairão e Maluki

Edition: Leonardo Sette

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Prizes + Awards

Chico Mendez Award, Best Documentary, Cine Amazônia 2005, Rondônia, Brazil

Best Workshop Video, Mostra do Filme Livre 2005, CCBB, Rio de Janero, 2005, Brazil

ABD Award, Best Documentary, Internacional Ethnographic Film Festival, Rio de Janero, 2005, Brazil

Best Video, II Festival de Jovens Realizadores de Audiovisual do Mercosul, 2005 Ceará, Brazil

Unesco Award, XXXII Jornada Internacional de Cinema da Bahia, 2005, Salvador, Brazil

Stream Single Title

Title Awards Image Major Exhibitions/Festivals Description
Sea in the Blood

Equal First Prize for Best Male Short, Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Sea in the Blood

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2001

 

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001

 

 

Sea In The Blood is a personal documentary about living with illness, tracing the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962, when Richard went from Trinidad to England with Nan to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made the counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. The narrative of love and loss is set against a background of colonialism in the Caribbean and the reverberations of migration and political change.

"Sea in the Blood was to be a meditation on race, sexuality and disease, but after working with the material for three years, it was the emotional story that came through. It's hard to work with such personal material, but in the end the work takes on a life of its own. 'Richard' is a character. Because of the subject matter — disease and death — I wanted to avoid sentimentality. I'd like the audience to think as well as feel."

— Richard Fung