Thanks to the generous support of Wellcome Trust all films in The Exchange programme can be accessed free of charge.
What happens when a human who wants to change the world meets a camera?
The destruction of the planet, the current threats to our health and lives, come from a specific world vision, which promotes the individual human, gendered, subject. And, it’s this idea that can be deconstructed, through a collective, convivial spirit. The crisis of the individual gaze, where every ‘unknown’, every ‘other’, is perceived in binary terms, as a threat, can perhaps dissolve, when we look anew.
In partnership with Vídeo nas Aldeias (Video in the Villages), we present a programme of films that reflect the diversity of the indigenous communities living in Brazilian territories. Whilst the environmental crisis threatens our everyday lives, these communities have an ancestral, peaceful and respectful way of organizing their activities in harmony with their environment. What can we learn from their historical experience of resistance to threat – against their societies, their health, their ways of life?
Which stories matter to us now? In experiencing Vídeo nas Aldeias, how might we rethink humanities’ unequal presence and what is at stake? How do we choose to live now?
This programme is both a provocation and an invitation to those who are perhaps only now, waking up to the crisis of the western gaze, and its impact on the material world.
To complement this programme we are commissioning a series of films with local and international platforms, responding to our Rebellions strand, which will be screened in October.