The Spirit of TV / O Espírito da TV
  • Year1990
  • Duration18 min

Beginning with the arrival by canoe of a TV and VCR in their village, The Spirit of TV documents the emotions and thoughts of the Waiãpi as they first encounter their own TV images and those of others. They view a tape from their chief’s first trip to Brasilia to speak to the government, news broadcasts, and videos on other Brazilian native peoples. The tape translates the opinions of individual Waiãpi on the power of images, the diversity of native peoples, and native peoples’ common struggles with federal agents, gold miners, trappers and loggers.

  • Director(s): Vincent Carelli
  • Producer(s): Video nas Aldeias
  • Country: Brazil
  • Language: Portuguese, Waiãpi
  • Premiere status: None