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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Symposium: Indigenous film, art and activism: counter-cartographies of the Amazon

Date: 9 May 2024

Time: All day

Location: SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP


This one-day symposium explores the relationship between film, art, and activism in the Amazon. Along with in-person discussions by international speakers, the programme includes a number of contemporary Amazonian films made by Indigenous creators who are using film to amplify their voices and contest historical marginalization.

Central to this event is a discussion of the concept of ‘territory.’ Recognizing the historical role of territorial mapmaking and cartography in colonial projects, the various speakers will explore the distinct ways in which indigenous filmmakers and artists offer alternative perspectives on the concept of territory, as well as practices of counter-mapping that intervene in and invert power relationships in the Amazon. Together the talks and screenings will explore the dynamic relationship between cinema, counter-cartographies, and diverse ontological perspectives in the Amazon region.

For full details, including how to register, please follow this link.