The production collective of the 19th Forumdoc – the Documentary and Ethnographic Film Festival – is preparing the program To look is an act of resistance, to be held between November 19 to 29, 2015, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil: the screening of films and a meeting of Native filmmakers. This special event is under the curation of representatives from Filmes de Quintal, Vídeo nas Aldeias, the Anthropology Department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and the filmmaker Andrea Tonacci.

The program To look is an act of resistance will invite Native filmmakers from several countries in the American continent. Its intention is to promote a debate and exchange of experiences and knowledge that may allow a reflection, from that joint view, about the potential and future perspectives of Native audiovisual work. Its object is to show that “look of resistance”.

The project has been organized along three temporal lines:

  1. Historical films which, through focusing on Native cultures in the Americas, demonstrate the systematic process of marginalization and identity elimination of these peoples in face of the expansionist invasions by Europeans and by capital. Purpose is to screen films that bring to the fore the Native resistance throughout the Americas since Columbus.
  1. Films by Native filmmakers in the process of forming and acquiring a technolgical audiovisual language, as are the works influenced by initiatives such as Vídeo nas Aldeias in Brazil, CEFREC/CAIB in Bolivia, and Through Navajo Eyes in the United States of the 1940s.
  1. Films and videos, whether concluded or not, that display the vision of Native independent filmmakers in relation to the more conventional forms of audiovisual production. Works which, beyond the narrative construction of today’s multiple image-and-sound technologies of registering and transmitting, have already entered the imaginary of daily cultural, ritual and mythical resistance of their filmmakers.

It is to reveal this “look of resistance” that we invite you to join us in organizing this special program, suggesting of your country three or more film titles and Native filmmakers’ names which should fit some, or all, of the three temporal lines drawn for our selection.

We hope to count on your assistance to invite films and filmmakers that you believe are of a key importance to this event, so that meeting and screenings may generate a comprehensive reflection about this subject from the very cultural universe of its filmmakers.

We are at your disposal for any information you may need, doubts you may have, or material you want to share with us. Please contact us through mail or e-mail.


Films can be sent by links to our e-mails:


And our address is:

19º Forumdoc

To look is an act of resistance

Av. Brasil, 75, sala 06

Belo Horizonte – MG

CEP: 30140-000



We thank your kind attention.


Andrea Tonacci and Filmes de Quintal Association