14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
Laura FAERMAN, Marina WEIS
The story takes place on Brazil's violent border with Paraguay - the heart of Brazilian agribusiness. The team closely follows the growth of ruralist political power and its close ties to the Bolsonaro government. At the same time, it portrays the intimacy of indigenous female resistance - with its communal ideals and its struggle for the planet. The process recorded by the documentary culminates with the imminent loss of indigenous constitutional rights thanks to the political power of agribusiness.
The homelands where the Guarani have lived for hundreds of years are spread across the borders of present-day South America. The film is about the issue of a Brazilian plantation owner exercising her right to use the land. Centered around an indigenous activist leading the strike of the Guarani and a lawyer heir to the farm, the film presents different positions these two women have—it wouldn’t be correct to say that they’re competing to see who will “own” the land because they’re competing for the incompatible value of a land whose ownership is proven and that of a land that cannot be owned. For wealthy peasants who enjoy vested interests, land is a matter of ownership, and heirs appeal to the courts. On the other hand, for the Guarani, the land is an expression of God's generosity, and modern corporate large-scale agriculture destroys the land and deprives the human race of the land God has given to the mankind. Indigenous people request social solidarity in German cultural museums. A map is the evidence for the heir, and a video of the funeral of a peer shot by a farmer is the evidence for the indigenous people. The audience will be able to read and determine the value only by discriminating the image difference between these two positions on the land.
She has a degree in Cinema from University of São Paulo and works with research, direction and editing of documentary projects. She works in the audiovisual editorship of "The Agrobusiness Watch".
She has a degree in sociology from the University of São Paulo and in Direction of Photography from the International School of Cinema and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, in Cuba and directed documentaryshorts, features and series.