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Opening Night Film – IDFA
Facing the consequences of a violent uprooting, Mateo Sobode Chiqueno has been recording stories, songs, and testimonies of his Ayoreo people since the seventies. In an attempt to preserve fragments of a disappearing culture, Mateo walks across communities in the arid and desolate Paraguayan Chaco region, and registers on cassettes the experiences of other Ayoreo who, like him, were born in the vast forest, free and nomadic, without any contact with white civilization, until religious missionaries forced them to abandon their ancestral territory, their means of subsistence, their beliefs and their home.
2020 • Paraguay • 74 min
Arami Ullon, Director
Arami Ullón was born in Asunción. She lives and works in Switzerland and Paraguay. Her work is strongly focused on Paraguayan reality. Ullón has been working in the audio-visual field since 1995. She was part of the production team of films such as El toque del oboe (Claudio MacDowell – Paraguay – Brazil, 1997) and Miami Vice (Michael Mann – USA, (2006). Ullón is also the producer of 18 Cigarillos y medio (Marcelo Tolces – Paraguay – Mexico – Spain, 2011). She directed two short films: Ausencia de un nombre propio (Paraguay, 1998) and Beckon (Paraguay, 2000). Her first feature documentary, «El Tiempo Nublado» (Switzerland – Paraguay, 2014), was selected to more than 70 international festivals. It won the Regards Neufs Award for Best First Film at Visions du Reel and the SIGNIS Prize and Le Prix du Lycéen Documentaire in Cinélatino – Rencontres de Toulouse (2015). This documentary was the first Paraguayan entry to the Oscars (2016). Apenas el Sol (Nothing but the Sun) is her second feature documentary.