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EAMI

Directed by Paz Encina
2022
Paraguay
75 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Winner of the Tiger Award, Rotterdam 2022, EAMI is an exquisitely shot lament for an Indigenous forest community under threat.
Our narrator, Eami, shapeshifts through time – from young girl to bird-god to jaguar – as she recounts the invasion of her Ayoreo-Totobiegosode homelands by illegal loggers. Director Paz Encina, who trained as a musician, offers an immersive encounter with the sights and soundscapes of the Paraguayan Chaco as it is transforms from vital ecosystem to wasteland. Birds sing, tires crunch, dogs howl, fire roars. As well as the name of our protagonist, ‘Eami’ is the term for both ‘forest’ and ‘world’. In other words, deforestation threatens the annihilation of the Ayoreo cosmos. "Remember everything,” says the old man who accompanies Eami on her journey. “Once we leave, we can never come back.”

Screens with Kicking the Clouds.
A powerful indictment of the consumptive nature of the modern world, as colonialism continues to devour Indigenous land.
Kambole Campbell, BFI
From its very first image, EAMI demands you immerse yourself in its sensory imagination.
Manuel Betancourt, Variety 

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Tickets

Fri 10 Jun
8:15pm
Palace Central Cinemas
Past Event Cancel
Sun 12 Jun
4:15pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
FLUX
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Paraguay, Argentina, USA, France, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico
Language
In Ayoreo and Guarani with English subtitles
Director
Paz Encina
Producer
Gabriela Sabaté, Christoph Hahnheiser, Marie-Pierre Macia, Joslyn Barnes, Raymond Van der Kaaij, Ilse Hughan, Kirsi Saivosalmi, Claire Gadéa, Xénia Maingot, Luc Hardy, Julio Chavezmontes, Carlos Reygadas, Nicolás Gil Lavedra, Emiliano Torres, Paz Encina
Cast
Anel Picanerai, Curia Chiquejno Etacoro, Ducubaide Chiquenoi
Screenwriter
Paz Encina
Cinematographer
Guillermo Saposnik
Editor
Jordana Berg
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Experimental, Festival Award Winners, Central & South America, Arts, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
Sales Agent: MPM Premium
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