RECLAIMING OUR POWER
JUNE 16, 2023 @ 6:00PM
Instituto Cervantes New York
211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
ORIGINAL TITLE: Reclaiming Our Power
DIRECTOR: Marta Bautis
DATE COMPLETED: 2023
FILM CATEGORY: Documentary
LENGTH OF FILM: 43 min
The filmmaker travels to Manitoba, Canada, to document a Sundance of Women in honor of the many indigenous women who have been missing or murdered in Canada and in the United States. A Sundance is a sacred ceremony of First Peoples across Turtle Island, and this particular Sundance was guided by the vision of an indigenous Grandmother, and a Grandfather who supported her. It was organized on the belief that the acts of violence against women are the result of them having been disrespected and devalued, and that women need to reclaim their power.
Through action sequences of the activities in preparation for the Sundance ceremony and testimonies of some of the participants, the film reveals what could be a model of an alternative community, where both women and men support each other in their different roles.
Argentinean filmmaker Marta Noemí Bautis began her career as a photojournalist and has worked throughout Latin America. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been screened at numerous national and international film festivals, including the Sydney Latin American Film Festival, the Human Rights Film Festival and Women in the Director’s Chair. Her films include: DREAMING THE FUTURE, GLOBAL TANGO and NICARAGUA: THE CHILDREN ARE WAITING. Bautis is a faculty member at the School of Contemporary Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey and founder of Tiempo Azul Productions.