Connected Communities - Indigenous People Go Digital (Film Screening)

Festival 19


Saturday 28 April

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Indigenous People Go Digital Film Screening and Talk

This inspiring event will share information about the culture and traditions of several different indigenous groups from north-eastern Brazil, and in particular about the ways in which, with the support of the NGO Thydêwá, these communities have used digital tools to help increase their visibility, fight prejudice and lobby the government for their rights.

Their use of the internet dates back over 15 years now, and has been recognised with a series of different prizes, both nationally and internationally. Beyond running an ethno-journalist website called Indios Online, these communities have used the internet to run online educational networks, sell craftwork, share information about environmental sustainability and much more. Their current projects include a network specifically for indigenous women, and a project to create indigenous digital art.

The event will be delivered by the director of the NGO Thydêwá, Sebastián Gerlic, in conjunction with Maria das Dores de Oliveira of the Pankararu community.

It includes a screening of the Indígenas digitais (Indigenous People Go Digital) documentary (in Portuguese with English subtitles), which explores what digital technologies mean to the indigenous people, and how they use them.

This will be followed by a talk and Q & A session with Sebastián Gerlic and Maria Pankararu about the communities themselves, their marginalisation by mainstream society and their struggle for cultural survival, as well as discussing how they have used digital technologies to amplify their voices and enhance their visibility worldwide.

Look out for the Digital Native photography exhibition that is also part of Leeds International Festival, and which includes fun opportunities for children to create art, as well as for local community engagement.

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Saturday 28 April