5 Cultural Suggestions — João Salaviza
Twice a month, UMBIGO invites one person to share their 5 cultural suggestions. What can we do at home? From a book to a podcast, album or film: here are recommendations from artists, curators, gallery owners, cultural activists, friends.
We will share the recipe for what makes us better, and we remain united and positive.
The Falling Sky
Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert
Davi Kopenawa, an important shaman of the Yanomami people, shared his words and reflections for thirty years with the ethnologist Bruce Albert.
It is a colossal book, with powerful shamanic reflections, autobiographical accounts of young David in the depths of the Amazon, until he reached his first encounters with whites and the struggles for the defence of the forest and its people. It is an unprecedented book that destabilizes all canons, at the same time being a detailed autobiography, a profound shamanic treatise, a counter-ethnography and a brutal political manifesto.
The historic Karlon (founder of Nigga Poison and pioneer of Creole rap in Portugal) launched this pearl in 2016: the album is a journey through Cape Verdean music, crossing funaná, mornas and coladeras with hip-hop. Karlon’s beautiful and deep voice tells his life story and that of his family members, also portraying the strength of Cape Verdean culture.
The cycle dedicated to the Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène, in a partnership between IndieLisboa and Cinemateca. Full programme here.
And the return to the cinemas (and the few rooms dedicated to independent cinema that stoically resist in Portugal)
Radio Yandê is run by a collective of young people from various ethnic groups in Brazil and disseminates indigenous culture through a decentralized network of collaborators in various villages and communities.
An online newspaper and critical texts from the mysterious collective 闯 Chuǎng available here.
João Salaviza (1984, Lisbon) studied Cinema at ESTC and Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. In 2018, he premiered Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos (co-directed with Renée Nader Messora) at the Festival de Cannes, receiving the Special Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard. The film was released commercially in several countries, especially France, where it was seen by 50,000 viewers.
Mountain, his first feature film, premiered at the Venice Film Festival (Critics’ Week) in 2015, following the short films Rafa (Urso de Ouro at the Berlinale 2012) and Arena (Palma de Ouro at Cannes 2009). João Salaviza’s films were the target of several exhibitions and retrospective sessions at festivals and in spaces such as Center Pompidou, La Biennale di Venezia de Arquitectura, Malba Buenos Aires, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Barbican Center, Tabakalera, Casa de America Madrid, among others. His latest shorts were released at the Berlin Festival: High Cities of Ossadas in 2017, and Russa (co-directed with Ricardo Alves Jr.) in 2018.