Company: (Dir Luiz Bolognesi, Brazil 2021, 74 mins, subtitles)
Through elaborate storytelling in which the Yanomami themselves re-enact their creation story of two brothers and a water goddess, this hybrid documentary gives space to Brazil’s largest native community to steer the narrative and bring us closer to their way of understanding the world. As their unchanged, elemental way of life competes with the lure of the developed white world across the river, Kopenawa and his peers fight against the poisoning of the rivers where they bathe and fish, whilst striving to keep their thousand-year-old culture intact.
“Only in our forest can you sleep in peace” Davi Kopenawa
“visually and sonically rich without falling back on empty exoticist spectacle” Variety
GWYL FFILM “WOW” FILM FESTIVAL
This year’s theme is ‘Reflecting on Water’, an opportunity to dive more deeply into a series of films and events that reveal the different ways water touches the lives of people around the world. These watery stories from the Amazon, Lebanon, Iceland and Wales give time to pause and reflect on an element that is essential to life on Earth. And perhaps, to rethink our relationships with the rivers and seas that sustain us all.
16 Sep: The Last Forest
17 Sep: Under the Concrete
18 Sep: Lobster Soup
19 Sep: The Fairytale of Water (Event)
19 Sep: Voices From the Water (Event)