Wapté Mnhõnõ: The Initiation of a Young Xavante

1999 | 01:15:00 | Brazil | Portuguese, Brazil | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Documentary, Film or Videomaking, Indigenous, Youth/Childhood

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A documentary about the initiation ritual for young Xavante Indians, created during a training workshop for the Video in the Villages project. Invited by Divino from the Sangradouro village, one Suyú and four Xavantes Indians film together for the first time. While filming the ritual, various members of the village explain the significance of the complex ceremony’s elements.

Directed and photographed by Bartolomeu Patira, Caimi Waiassé, Divino Tserewahú, Jorge Protodi, Whinti Suyá; edited by Tutu Nunes.

In Xavante with English subtitles.

Prizes + Awards

Jangada Trophy, OCIC Award (International Catholic Film Organization), 6th International Ethnographic Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, 1999

The Manuel Diégues Junior Award, 6th International Ethnographic Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, 1999

Best Documentary Award, 10th International Festival of Ethnographic Films, Nuoro, Italy, 2000

Anaconda Award, Bolivia 2000