Illustrated Documentary Film in Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile)

In 2014-5, with the support of U.C. Berkeley’s Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, I directed a community-based Indigenous-language film in Easter Island, Chile. The film is titled “Ta i te mana’u kit e matamu’a,” which translates in English as “Drawing the Thought of the Ancestors.” The film follows Indigenous elders as they rekindle relationships with emplaced beings in their dispossessed and colonized ancestral landscape. Made with Rapanui children in mind, the film used a fictional storyline and illustrations made by illustrator Antonia Lara to portray these relationships with the landscape.

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Drawing the Thought of the Ancestors

Illustration made by Antonia Lara