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Media, filmmaking and territoriality: an ethnography of the Cultural Association of Indigenous Directors (ASCURI)

Grant number: 19/00430-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2019
Effective date (End): March 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Principal Investigator:Antonio Roberto Guerreiro Júnior
Grantee:Luiza de Paula Souza Serber
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/26676-0 - Transforming amerindian regional systems: the Upper Xingu case, AP.JP


Since 2008, the Cultural Association of Indigenous Directors (ASCURI) works in the midst of several communities in Mato Grosso do Sul (MS, Brazil) and brings together young cultural producers from the Guarani, Kaiowá and Terena ethnic groups. Based on the observation that indigenous audiovisual production is part of and responds to a broader media context - today deeply impacted by the widespread dissemination of the internet and mobile media - I propose an investigation interested in how ASCURI has been dealing with such reality. I seek to understand what are the challenges, and also the possibilities, related to this new media landscape that has been placed before the indigenous populations of the region. In a South-Mato Grosso context of territorial conflicts marked by violence, it is also intended to investigate the ways in which audiovisual language has been associated with the defense of land rights, in what way it has been contributing to the surveillance and demarcation of territories and the denunciation of their invasions. Finally, in light of other current experiences and "models" of indigenous audiovisual training in Brazil, I intend to analyze the teaching methodology adopted by ASCURI, the films resulting from its activity and its circuits of circulation and reception, as well as examining its relationship with the already established universe of "indigenous filmmaking". (AU)