A World Premiere!


The 2015 inaugural event of the
Indigenous People's Film Forum

Co-directed and produced by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Perry Kennedy
Center for Creative Photography University of Arizona
1030 N Olive Road
Admission FREE

Friday, October 2, 2015, 5:30pm
Film #1- Wounaan: A People of the Rainforest
Honorable Mention, XI Festival Internacional de Cine y Video de las Pueblos lndfgenas

Sunday October 4, 2015, 1pm
Film #2 -Rainforest Technology: the Wounaan House and Canoe
Film #3 -Rainforest Technology: Wounaan Agriculture

The Wounaan Trilogy documents major elements of Wounaan social life, before it was ravaged by violence and contemporary capitalism. As such they are unique historical documents. They were filmed with an 8mm camera by Co-director Perry Kennedy, on the Siguirisua and Docampad6 Rivers in the Choc6 department of Colombia , between 1964 and 1966, where Co-director Liz Lapovsky Kennedy conducted two years of ethno­ graphic research for her doctoral study. The films were edited in the early 1970s, but were not distributed in the interests of withholding cultural information from the North American geologists who were then in the early stages of exploring for oil in the region.

Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge , England in 1972, based on her field research with the Wounaan in the Choc6 Department of Colombia ; after a long career in research and teaching she is now a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Gender and Women ‘s Studies at the University of Arizona , USA. She recently worked with the Wounaan in Panama in a three year lan­ guage documentation project funded by the National Science Foundation . Her other research interests include feminism and sexual history in the U.S.

Dr. Julie Velasquez Runk is an Associate Professor of anthropology at the University of Georgia , and a Research Associate of the Smithson­ ian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. She earned her joint Ph.D. in forestry and environmental studies and anthropology from Yale University and the New York Botanical Garden. Dr. Velasquez Runk has been working in eastern Panama for over eighteen years, with Embera and Wounaan indigenous peoples . She is author of over sixteen articles and book chapters and is finalizing a book on Wounaan indigenous peoples in Panama.

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