Damiana Kryygi

Alejandro Fernández Mouján
2015 | 95 mins
Country of Production: Argentina, Paraguay, Germany
Countries or Cultures Featured: Argentina, Paraguay, Aché
NY Premiere
Sunday, October 16 | 2:30 pm | Program F7

Over a century after the death of a 14-year-old girl, her community’s descendants and human rights organizations fight to provide her with proper Aché death rites. The child had been kidnapped by European settlers in southern Paraguay in the late 19th century. The contemporary struggle highlights the tragic relationships between colonialists and Indigenous populations, documented not just by her being taken and raised by her parents’ killers but also by her eventually being sent to an asylum where she dies of meningitis and never receives a proper burial. Still, the activists’ efforts to redress such historical wrongs offer a hopeful vision of the future of human rights.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Argentina in New York and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Re:Frame, My Perspective

“I believe that the richness of documentary filmmaking lies in the contingencies that make their way into a film and in the unexpected responses that we get from ‘the other,,’ rather than in the correctness of a discourse.”

—Alejandro Fernández Mouján| Director, Damiana Kryygi