We Gather As a Family

Vincent Carelli, Video in the Villages

1993 | 00:32:00 | Brazil | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Documentary, Indigenous, Post-colonialism

This tape documents a cultural exchange between the Parakatêjê (Gavião) of Pará and their “relatives,” the Krahô of Tocantins. Kokrenum, the charismatic chief of the Parakatêjê, organizes a visit to the Krahô, who speak the same language and maintain their traditions. The 50 young Parakatêjê he brings along participate in a ceremony consisting of singing, body painting, and preparations for the long, strenuous relay race through the savannah. The following year, the Parakatêjê return the invitation and the Krahô travel to Kokrenum’s village. The two chiefs discuss cultural issues and seal a pact of friendship between their groups.

Directed and photographed by Vincent Carelli.

In Portuguese with English subtitles.

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Prizes + Awards

Best Video (Public's Award), Sáo Luis Trophy and Jangas Trophy, 17th Guarnicê Video and Film Festival, Maranhão, Brazil, 1994