Wai'á Rini: The Power of the Dream

Video in the Villages

2001 | 01:05:00 | Brazil | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Documentary, Family, Gender, Indigenous, Religion/Spirituality, Youth/Childhood

Within the long cycle of initiation ceremonies of the Xavante People, the Wai’a celebration introduces young men to spiritual life and puts them in contact with supernatural forces. Filmmaker Divino Tserewahu speaks with his father (one of the leaders of this ritual) about what can be disclosed of this secret celebration of men, where the initiated go through many trials and tribulations.

Directed by Divino Tserewahú.

In Xavante with English subtitles.

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Prizes + Awards

Kichwa Nationality Prize, IV First Nations Film and Video Festival of Abya Yala, Equador, 2001

Anaconda Award, II Anaconda 2002, Bolivia