2017 / 16 minutes

Directed by
Sebastián Gómez Ruíz Amado Villafaña Chaparro
Country of production

As the sun rises on a village in northern Colombia, we glimpse its inhabitants as they begin their day. As the scene emerges from obscurity, a voiceover reflects on the nature of sight. It is the voice of Arhuaco filmmaker Amado Vilafaña Chaparro, the co-director of Wási. He shares his thoughts on anthropologists like Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff and Robert Gardner, and the (mis)representations they produce. Ultimately he, and this film, affirm the power indigenous people can seize by taking up the camera themselves – becoming authors of their image and, so, authors of knowledge.

This film is also available as part of the RAI Documentary Shorts Collection on RAI PLAYER: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/raishortscollection

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest Shorts
Language and subtitles
Spanish Iku with English subtitles
Location(s) depicted
South America
Indigenous peoples / First Nations peoples Indigenous Filmmaking History of Anthropology Film / Photography / Mass media

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