4 Confluences - Emerillon of French Guiana

Confluences - Emerillon of French Guiana (4)

16:00, Thursday 02nd July, Theatre A

  • Director: Perle Møhl (Denmark/France)
  • Year: 2007
  • Run time: 78'
  • Format: mini DV

Like self-fulfilling prophecies, scientific reports have hitherto depicted the Emerillon of French Guiana as cultureless and doomed to disappear.

With this film, an anthropologist proposes to defy these negative images, delving into their world with a lucid description of the down-to-earth and inter subjective conditions of anthropological fieldwork and knowledge-creation. Several Emerillon take up her proposition, and through their resourceful land and often stumbling efforts to maintain a life in the forest while profiting from their French citizenship, they present another version of what being Emerillon is all about.

A generous and non-ethnocentric discourse emerges asserting that to feel Emerillon does not necessarily imply feeling fundamentally different from others.

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