Feminine Nature - The Mbyá Guaranis of Brazil - the Tekoa Ka'aguy Porã Village

Feminine Nature is a documentary series that portrays 13 Brazilian ecosystems through the eyes, experiences and knowledge of women that live in these places. While presenting the everyday life of these women, the series also reveals women condition in varied Brazilian regions.
This short portraits the M'bya Guarani that live in the Maquiné district, in the south of Brazil. In the Tekoa Ka'aguy Porã (sacred forest) Village of the Mbyá Guarani, lives Lili and her family: father, mother, brothers, in what remains of the Atlantic Forest, in a piece of land recently reconquered and in the process of demarcation.
Julia is the cacique (chief) of the village, who gave birth to Lili and raised many of the Mbyá children. Julia also takes care of the school, where she teaches the Guarani knowledge to keep the tradition.
In the new village, the Mbya Guarani nation reconnects with their culture. All communicate in Guarani. Lili lives and plays in the woods and absorbs millennial traditions, while the village seeks to recover the forest and the soil of the region, degraded by the whites, so that they can once again plant, harvest and continue to collect food and medicine from the forest.

  • Ana Rieper
    I´ll Raffle off My Heart; Clementina; 5XChico;
  • Ana Rieper
    I´ll Raffle off My Heart, 5XChico, Clementina, Na Veia do Rio (On The Stream)
  • Suzana Amado
    I´ll Raffle off My Heart, Hercules 56, Seven Generations into the Future, Transcending Lynch, Forbidden to Forbid
  • Isabella Fernandes
  • Pedro Moreira
    Direct Sound
  • Marcia Medeiros
  • Link Digital
    Pos production
  • Conecta Acessibilidade
  • Emygdio Costa
    Original sound track
  • Maria Bulcão
    Production director
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Natureza Feminina - os Mbyá Guaranis - AldeiaTekoa Ka'aguy Porã, Maquiné, Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2019
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    Digital - FullHD 1920x1080
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Director Biography - Ana Rieper

ANA RIEPER is a documentary filmmaker and partner at Paladina Filmes.
Her second feature documentary I’ll Raffle off My Heart”, was released in 2012 and awarded best Film at the London Brazilian Film Festival and In Edit São Paulo; best director and best editing at Fest Cine Goiania; and received the Special Critics award and best art direction at AtlanticDOC (Uruguay). The film was also presented at the Brasilia Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Cinelatino – Rencontres de Cinéma Toulouse. And has generated a series of co-produced TV with Cable Channel Canal Brazil.
Her first feature documentary, Na Veia do Rio (2002) was officially selected by many festivals, including FICA (Environmental International Film Festival), Doc Lisboa, and Sasà Awards – Italy.
She directed some shorts, including the awarded Saara (1998), Veluda (2005) and Mataram Meu Gato (2006).
Co-directed with other 4 directors the feature documentary 5x Chico, about the São Francisco river, theatrically released in 2015 after a successful career in festivals worldwide.
She is presently pre-producing the 13 episodes TV series Feminine Nature (shootings to start Agust2018) and preparing the feature documentaries A Taste of Sun – the Music of Clube da Esquina and Tropical Paradise, the later based on the book The Masters and the Slaves, by Gilberto Freyre. All written and directed by her and to be producer with resources of FSA – Brazilian Audiovisual Fund.
She is now releasing the documentary Clementina, about the praised African-Brazilian singer, produced by Dona Rosa Filmes, for the Cable Channel Curta! in festivals such as Mostra de Cinema de São Paulo and Cinelatino – Rencontres de Cinéma de Toulouse.
The TVseries in 13 episodes Feminine Nature is in pos-production. In parallel, she prepares the feature documentary Tropical Paradise, based on the book The Master and the Slaves, by Gilberto Freyre, with resources from the Audiovisual Sector Fund, and the feature film A Taste of Sun – The music of Clube da Esquina, both directed and scripted by her.

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