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BFK | 24.04.2024 | 'PAN-AMERICAN INDIGENOUS'-HELAFTEN | Apiyemiyekî? (2020) + It Is Night In America (2022) + Maat (2020)

"What does it mean to come from somewhere?" asks Fox Maxy in their experimental documentary short, Maat. This is at the core of this special program of Pan American films, which will give the audience a unique insight into different Indigenous Peoples' cultures, as well as the consequences of colonialism and its direct descendant: late stage capitalism. We are very excited to present these three films by directors Fox Maxy and Ana Vaz.

Ana Vaz's two films are both heavily indebted to the seminal text Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire. Vaz implements it directly into the fabric of the film of Apiyemiyekî?, when she superimposes texts, images, and drawings from the Waimiri-Atroari Peoples as she excavates the history surrounding the genocide in the 1970s—never letting the aesthetics of a Western gaze tell the whole story. In It Is Night in America Vaz fixes her gaze to the city, and explores the devastating consequences of the brutal expansionism that has ravaged both Indigenous and animal life in Brazil in the past few decades. It is shot on expired 16mm film stock, highlighting the fragility of life in a late-capitalist world within the very materiality of the film itself.

Fox Maxy has Payómkawichum and Kumeyaay ancestry, and is based in California. Here Fox explores and confronts conventions of image-making in a digital world, creating their very own aesthetic. Like Vaz, Fox isn't content to let a traditionalist Western aesthetic decide the framing of the stories they tell, and in Maat this becomes explicitly clear.

Last Updated: 04/12/2024

Source: Visit Bergen

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