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'Somos Wichi' is a glimpse into the lives of a relatively unknown indigenous people. Set in the Gran Chaco forest of northwestern Argentina, the Wichi are struggling to cope with the destructive effects of agricultural development, which is eradicating most of their traditional food sources. A number of characters lend their voices to the film: Roque, who is struggling to protect what little forest remains from wood poachers, Tiluc the shaman, who is trying to preserve and to pass on their traditional culture, and Karina, who is determined to give the children a basic education despite rampant discrimination at school. From their stories along with insights from two well respected anthropologists, Dr. John Palmer and Dr. Morita Carrasco who work with the Wichi, a picture begins to develop that reveals a people living under great hardship and yet, for the moment, are still able to maintain their unique identity and strength of character. This character is what the Wichi call Husek and anthropologists describe as goodwill, a quality that emphasises balance and avoids conflict. Often misunderstood by the non-indigenous society that surrounds them, the Wichi are seen as having little value. 'Somos Wichi', however, invites the viewer to see things differently.
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Directors: Andrew Buckland

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Subtitles: Yes

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Length: 44 min

Colour: Yes

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Somos Wichi (We Are Wichi) Screening:

  • Wed30May

    at Portobello PopUP Cinema

    30 May 2012 6:30 pm

    There is also a Panel Discussion
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