The Spirit of TV

Vincent Carelli, Video in the Villages

1990 | 00:18:00 | Brazil | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Indigenous, Television

Beginning with the arrival by canoe of a TV and VCR in their village, The Spirit of TV documents the Waiãpi people’s first encounter with TV images of themselves and others. They view a tape from their chief’s first trip to Brasilia to speak to the government, news broadcasts, and videos of other Brazilian native peoples, and record a session directed by Chief Waiwai for villages in his territory. The tape translates the reactions of individual Waiãpi to the power of images, the diversity of native peoples, and their common struggles with federal agents, gold miners, trappers, and loggers.

Directed by Vincent Carelli.

In Waiãpi with English subtitles.

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Prizes + Awards

Golden Sun, 8th Rio Cine Festival, Brazil, 1992

Third Award, 9th Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil, 1992

Best Documentary, IV Indigenous People Film Festival, Peru, 1992

Video and TV Award, VIII Latin American Film Festival, Trieste, Italy, 1993