INDIGINATU

An immersive experimental dialogue with the limitations of cinema as a visual and aesthetic discourse. Nature doesn't need translations. But we do, because we are time and space.

  • Welket Bungué
    Director
  • Welket Bungué
    Writer
  • Welket Bungué
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Indiginatu
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 25, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • IV Festival de Cine Amazonía del Plata
    Quilmes / Tigre
    Argentina
    March 31, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • ARTS x SDGS Online Festival
    New York City
    United States
    April 21, 2022
    US American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 'AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE' VideoBrasil & FUSO Festival
    Curitiba
    Brazil
    April 25, 2022
    Brazilian Premiere
    Curated by Rachel Korman
  • KUGOMA - Mozambique Cinema Forum
    Maputo
    Mozambique
    August 29, 2022
    African Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 15th 'Encontro de Cinema Negro Zózimo Bulbul Brasil, África e outras Diásporas
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    October 20, 2022
    Brazilian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • XXVIII edição do festival Caminhos do Cinema Português
    Coimbra
    Portugal
    November 6, 2022
    Portuguese Premiere
    Official Selection - Outros Olhares
Distribution Information
  • KUSSA Productions
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Welket Bungué

Welket Bungué is a Berlin-based actor, born in Guinea-Bissau in 1988. His cross-cultural education from Africa, Europe, and Brazil made him into a cross-national, multi-talented artist. He is co-founder of the production company KUSSA, holds a degree in Theater Acting (ESTC / Lisbon) and a postgraduate degree in Performance Art (UniRio / Brazil). In 2023 Welket was an ambassador for the Face to Face with German Films Campaign as a filmmaker and actor.

Welket's artistry is influenced by anti-colonial and Afrocentric perspectives, leveraging one's natural skills to inspire human growth and potential. His films compose an ecosystem of creative freedom, an invitation to cast off from old hardened narratives and into a space of thinking, resilience, and cross-border identity. Like a body in transit, his commitment to the storytelling art holds the belief of a future in which we can dialogue and find one another. Welket is an artist featured by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin), and since 2021 his films are part of the institution's collection.

Welket's films have circulated internationally through numerous film festivals such as Berlinale, ABFF (USA), Africlap (France), Zanzibar IFF, Afrikamera (Berlin), BFI London and Sheffield DocFest (UK), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Curta Cinema IFF (RJ, Brazil), as well as the Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. Welket repertoire on filmmaking reunites more than 25 creations, including the short film titles Calling Cabral, Mudança, Jah Intervention, I am Not Pilatus, Arriaga, and Bastien.

As an actor, Welket has been featured in over 40 films and series, including Marcelo Caetano's highly acclaimed coming-of-age drama Body Electric, Marcelo Gomes' historical drama Joaquim, and Laís Bodanzky's Pedro, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Welket starred alongside actors Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart in David Cronenberg's film Crimes of the Future, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022.

In 2020, Welket starred in Burhan Qurbani's new version of Berlin Alexanderplatz, where his performance earned him a "Silver Bear" nomination at the Berlin International Film Festival, a "Best Lead Actor" nomination at the LOLA Awards of the German Film Academy (equivalent to the OSCARS), and the Aluminum Horse Award for "Best Actor" at the Stockholm International Film Festival.

In 2022, he took part of the International Jury of Ghent IFF, chaired by the British director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) amongst Daniel Hart (A Ghost Story, The Green Knight), Georgian director Alexandre Koberidze (What Do We See When We Look At The Sky), Nico Leunen (Ad Astra, Beautiful Boy, The Broken Circle Breakdown). He also took part of the International Jury of São Paulo IFF 2023, chaired by the Serbian director Emir Kusturica, amongst the Berlinale Artistic Director Mariëtte Rissenbeek, Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, Room, Normal People) and Enrica Fico Antonioni.

In June 2022, Welket released his first book 'Corpo Periférico' on the Amazon platform, it's an autobiographical essay on auteur filmmaking based on the eponymous concept of "self-portraying cinema".

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Welket Bungué nasceu em 1988 na Guiné-Bissau. O guineense-português de etnia balanta, reside em Berlim desde 2019. Bungué é um artista transdisciplinar com foco nas artes cénicas e no vídeo performanace. A sua educação intercultural agregando as suas heranças africanas, a as vivências europeias, e as influências adquiridas no Brasil, fazem dele um cidadão-artista em trânsito permanentemente.

Welket é co-fundador da produtora KUSSA, faz locução para entidades internacionais, desenvolve Escrita Dramática, Argumento de Cinema, Performances e Teatro. É licenciado em Teatro no ramo de Atores (ESTC/Lisboa) e pós-graduado em Performance (UniRio/RJ).

Bungué é cooperador-membro da Fundação GDA, é Membro Permanente da Academia Portuguesa de Cinema desde 2015, membro da Deutsche Filmakademie desde 2020, e em 2021 tornou-se membro da Academia Europeia de Cinema. Bungué é artista integrante do Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlim), e desde 2021 que os seus filmes fazem parte do acervo da instituição.

O seu trabalho artístico investiga práticas anti-colonialistas e de afirmação africana-diaspórica, visando a criação de capacidades de auto-empoderamento e cura. A filmografia de Bungué pressupõe um ecossistema de liberdade criativa, um convite a abandonar narrativas endurecidas e a lançar-se em novas possibilidades de pensamento, resiliência, e simultaneidade identitária.

Os seus filmes têm circulado internacionalmente por inúmeros festivais de cinema tais como Berlinale, ABFF (EUA), Africlap (França), Zanzibar IFF, Afrikamera (Berlim), BFI Londres e Sheffield DocFest (Reino Unido), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Curta Cinema IFF (RJ, Brasil), bem como o Dansfilmfestival de Estocolmo. O repertório cinematográfico de Welket reúne mais de 25 criações, incluindo as curtas-metragens 'Memória' (2022), 'Mudança' (2020), 'Intervenção Jah' (2019), 'Eu Não Sou Pilatus (2019), 'Arriaga' (2019) e 'Bastien' (2016).

Em 2019 foi distinguido com o prémio “Angela Award - On The Move” no Subtitle Festival em Kilkenny, na Irlanda. Em 2020 Welket é o protagonista de 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Comp. Intl. Berlinale 2020), realizado por Burhan Qurbani. A sua interpretação valeu-lhe uma indicação ao Urso de Prata, uma nomeação como “Melhor Ator Principal” nos prémios LOLA da Academia Alemã de Cinema (Deutscher Filmpreis), e ainda o prémio “Cavalo de Alumínio” para “Melhor Ator” no Festival Internacional de Cinema de Estocolmo.

Em junho de 2022 Welket lançou o seu primeiro livro 'Corpo Periférico' na plataforma Amazon, trata-se de um ensaio autobiográfico sobre a produção de cinema de autor com base no conceito homónimo de "cinema de autorrepresentação".

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Director Statement

INDIGINATU film is part of a project made of 4 videos. A film + 3 video loops. "INDIGINATU: free time is nature", is a series of three video loops created by Welket Bungué, as an immersive dialogue in three parts (or repetitions), with the limitations of cinema as a visual and aesthetic discourse. Nature doesn't need translations. But we do, because we are time and space.

INDIGINATU_1 [ https://youtu.be/P1HtOl1BhaY ]
Single Channel LOOP, Immersive Experimental Fiction, 7'47" No Dialogues, Portuguese and English, Colour, 16:9 Digital HD, Brazil/Portugal/GBW 2021

INDIGINATU_2 [ https://youtu.be/7dh7OqdUW9E ]
Single Channel LOOP, Immersive Experimental Fiction, 3'06" No Dialogues, Portuguese and English, Colour, 16:9 Digital HD, Brazil/Portugal/GBW 2021

INDIGINATU_3 [ https://youtu.be/f4g78sqBPiE ]
Single Channel LOOP, Immersive Experimental Fiction, 7'53" No Dialogues, Portuguese and English, Colour, 4:3 Digital HD, Brazil/Portugal/GBW 2021