Video in the Villages Presents Itself

In 1987, The Video in the Villages project was founded in Brazil to give indigenous people control over their own representation, and to give them the power to use the media for their goals. This video documents the process of training and the first videos made by the project’s indigenous videomakers. It also shows the national conferences where indigenous producers from the whole of Brazil met to discuss the use of video for their goals of documenting and preserving traditions, making political claims, dramatizing legends, and representing themselves to the rest of the nation. Ultimately, the project has begun a public television channel in 1995, the “Indigenous Program,” a space for indigenous people to combat the racist understandings of mainstream Brazil, an original experience for the first time on Brazilian television.