Damiana Kryygi

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94 minutes / Colour / 2015
Directed by
Alejandro Fernández Mouján

Anthropologist Susana Margulies

Country of production Argentina

The year is 1896. In the Paraguayan forest, a three-year-old Aché girl survives the massacre of her family by white settlers. She is baptised 'Damiana' by her captors. At the age of 14, she is committed to a mental institution, where she is photographed naked shortly before dying of tuberculosis. After her death, her body becomes an object of scientific interest, with studies taking place in La Plata and Berlin. Using extant photographs and anthropological records, this film reconstructs Damiana’s story and accompanies the Aché community in their effort to recover the girl’s remains and lay her to rest in the land of her ancestors.

Read an interview with the director: https://raifilm.org.uk/coming-back-from-the-dead/

SCREENING FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH ANTHROPOLOGIST (CONSULTANT FOR THE FILM) SUSANA MARGULIES

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest RAI/Basil Wright

Language and subtitles Aché German Spanish

Location(s) depicted Argentina Germany Paraguay

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