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Apenas el sol

Director Arami Ullón recognises that the Paraguayan state has long used the indigenous Guaraní as a unifying symbol and national origin story. But realising this gross misrepresentation of the 19 distinct original peoples who inhabit the territory, her documentary resolves to make another group more visible: the contacted Ayoreo people.

In an attempt to preserve fragments of a disappearing culture, oral history archivist Mateo Sobode Chiqueno traverses the arid and desolate Paraguayan Chaco region. He registers on cassettes the experiences of other Ayoreo who, like him, were born in the vast forest, free and nomadic, without any contact with white civilisation, until religious missionaries brutally forced them to abandon their ancestral territory, their means of subsistence, their beliefs and their home.

 

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