Existimos En La Memoria

A Home Collective Production


Supported by The National Geographic Society & The International Women's Media Foundation

How do you rebuild home from only memories?

This verite-style film invites viewers into the intimate conversations between Maria and her grandchild, Marucha: two Indigenous refugees living in displacement. To Maria, the Venezuelan delta is her home. To Marucha, these refugee camps are all she knows. Through the rhythms of their daily lives, we witness the complexity of raising a new generation in displacement and explore how land, memory and identity are deeply intertwined.

 

This project aims to help visualize the invisible losses of Indigenous displacement, through the narratives of two generations’ voices weaving together. Their conversations demonstrate how memories are processed and passed down across generations while far away from the land that holds the fingerprint of their unique culture and identity.

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Our Campaign Goals

 

1. Equip Indigenous communities with media training + technology for self-advocacy

 

Join us in supporting Indigenous Warao refugees, who are featured in this film, as they harness the power of storytelling in order to pass down memories of home, culture, and language, to a new generation growing up in displacement.​​​​​

2. Promote Indigenous visibility amidst displacement.

 

Indigenous displacement has global cultural ramifications. Despite comprising less than 5% of the earth’s population, Indigenous communities account for the majority of the world’s cultural diversity. It’s time to center the Indigenous experience and promote their visibility.​​​​​​

3. Platform Indigenous-led cultural preservation

 

In the face of this unprecedented mass migration, there is an urgent need to resource and support displaced Indigenous communities’ efforts to hold onto their unique cultural identities, languages, and traditions.

By supporting their efforts, we can guard against vast portions of the globe’s cultural diversity disappearing.

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Upcoming Screenings and Events:

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2024 Southwest Premiere at Aspen Shortsfest

 

Past Screenings and Events:

 

2024 World Premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Festival, Missoula Montana

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How It Was Made:

We believe that how a story is made is just as important as the story itself. This includes working to align our process with key values:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bruna Kadletz
Refugee Rights Advocate

Bruna is an activist, public speaker and writer from Brazil who focuses on forced displacement and climate change. Bruna designed and co-founded Circles of Hospitality, an organization that develops social, cultural and educational initiatives for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable immigrants in Florianópolis, Brazil.

Bruna is an activist, public speaker and writer from Brazil who focuses on forced displacement and climate change. Bruna designed and co-founded Circles of Hospitality, an organization that develops social, cultural and educational initiatives for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable immigrants in Florianópolis, Brazil.

José Albarrán López
Intercultural Mediator

José Albarrán is a Venezuelan human rights activist based in Brazil. He works on the front lines of care for immigrants and refugees by offering humanitarian interpretation and intercultural mediation with Venezuelan Indigenous people of the Warao ethnic group.

José Albarrán is a Venezuelan human rights activist based in Brazil. He works on the front lines of care for immigrants and refugees by offering humanitarian interpretation and intercultural mediation with Venezuelan Indigenous people of the Warao ethnic group.

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Existimos En La Memoria is part of a larger, ongoing collaboration with the communities from the Warao tribe living in displacement in Brazil to use the power of storytelling to platform voices of Indigenous displacement.

 

The Home Collective was invited into this story through Bruna Kadletz in April 2021. To create this short film, our team was a blend of  unique skills and lived experience from Brazil, Venezuela, and the U.S. 

 

Starring Maria and Marucha Centeno

 

Darian Woehr, Director & Editor

 

Hailey Sadler, Producer & Photographer

 

Leany Torres Moraleda, Local Producer

 

Bruna Kadletz, Associate Producer

 

José Albarrán López, Associate Producer and Translator

 

Argenia Centeno, Associate Producer 

 

Hunter Uman, Sound Design

 

Gonzalo Greco, Colorist

 

Rosmery Torres, Language and Translation

 

Adriana Durate Bencomo, Local Fixer