Here in Mapuche Lafkenche territory, the 7th Filmmaking Production Workshop of the Mapuche School of Filmmaking and Communication of the Aylla Rewe Budi is in full swing! Once again, the Wapikoni team has arrived in these lands to lend our support to an important project: reflecting on Mapuche knowledge using filmmaking as a tool. In so doing, we are contributing to the collective process of creating an audiovisual language that is grounded in a distinctly Mapuche perspective.
Everyone is working together to tackle this job: the youths, their families, and the Elders of the lof (communities) that make up the Aylla Rewe Budi territory. The latter guide the young filmmakers and share the cultural knowledge that forms the backbone of the short films that will emerge. Like last year, we are witness to the integration of a new cohort of participants, younger than ever. The communities' children bring with them a source of renewed energy, along with a real desire to learn, immense creativity, and a profound understanding of their culture and territory. Along with the sense of renewal embodied by the participation of young children, we are also continuing a process of technical renewal that we began last year, namely integrating animation into the production toolkit available to the young filmmakers. This year, they have been deepening their experience in animation while experimenting with a new method: telling stories using elements found in the natural world that surrounds them.
We have now been working intensively for two weeks. The 17 young filmmakers are divided into two teams, situated in two strategic poles within the territory – Rolonche/Huapi and Llaguepulli/Malalhue. This has allowed us to be present in several communities and to integrate the knowledge and lived experience of Elders from these diverse spaces. As always, the two teams are supported by their families, who guide them in the research process that they undertake to create their film.
Our first week began with collective scripting workshops, during which all the young participants shared their ideas and preoccupations. We decided together to take on the challenge of integrating elements of all these ideas into a single short film. With an oral research process on rag (clay, and how it's used traditionally), an animation project using this same material, knowledge shared by two Elders on sacred spaces within the territory, and an exploration of peuma (dreams) and vl (song) as forms of communication, this short film will be complex, diverse, and rich in knowledge and insight!
In between shoots out on the land and animation workshops, the participants with more experience deepened their technical skills with exercises, practising camera shots and angles, learning how to control the camera while in movement, and reviewing basic editing techniques. Meanwhile, the youngest participants are excited by the creative work required to build the micro-worlds that several youths worked to bring alive through animation. We've accomplished quite a lot in only two weeks!
From the Aylla Rewe Budi territory,
the training, coordination, and research team:
Daniela, Juan, Silvia, Lihuen, Ivonne, Ariella and Iphigénie