On the triple border between Brazil, Colombia and Peru, the twin towns of Letícia and Tabatinga form an urban island surrounded by the Amazon forest. Located somewhere between documentary, ethnographic film and essay, LANDS is a meditation on the concept of frontiers, following the constant coming and going of people along the border and slowly revealing its presence and influence on the daily lives of its inhabitants.
- Cameras on Diversity Award - Guadalajara IFF
- Best Film, ABCV Jury, Jury Special Award - Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema
- Best Film - Filme Livre Festival
- Best Film, Best Photography, Best Editing - Arraial Film Fest
- Pedro Urano
- Karen Akerman
- Maya Da-Rin
- Joaquim Castro
- Edson Secco
LANDS was born out of the desire to shoot transition spaces. It is a film about fissures, gaps and also confluences. When I arrived at the border, I saw a multiple reality, where ancestral and contemporary cultures mutually influence one another. The land, which is usually perceived as a material possession and a political territory, has a spiritual connotation to many indigenous peoples. The film gradually reveals that the border as well as the land are present in different ways in its region’s geography – the city, the forest and the river – and the people’s daily movement through these spaces. The traveling takes allude to the sensation of flow and transit, so common in the border. The fixed camera takes emphasize belonging and the relationship of the people with the territory. The sound, rhythm, texture and colors of the film compose a personal approach through which I attempt to get closer to a region both distant and familiar to me.
A gorgeous work of art as well as a deliberately low-key commentary on the culture clashes generated by modernity’s encroachment into nature.
A weird, wild and wonderful film.
Cinema has the propensity to exoticize indigenous peoples
Maya Da-Rin was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1979. She studied Design and Philosophy of Art at the Pontifical Catholic University, and she attended film workshops at the Cuban Film School.
In 2010 she moved to France to attend Le Fresnoy, where she graduated with honours, and in 2013 she has been an artist in residence at the LABoral Art Center, in Spain.
Her films and video installations have been shown and awarded at film festivals and art institutions such as Locarno, DOK Leipzig, Toulouse, Guadalajara, São Paulo Art Biennial, MoMA and New Museum NY.
Her first feature film, THE FEVER (2019), selected at TFL’s Script&Pitch and FrameWork, Cinéfondation Residence, Cannes’ La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde and awarded by the Hubert Bals Fund for script and development, was selected in the Concorso internazionale section at Locarno FF.