DAMIANA KRYYGI

By Alejandro FERNÁNDEZ MOUJÁN

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Documentary - Completed 2015

Paraguay, 1896. A 3 year-old Ache girl is captured after the massacre of a group of indigenous people in the jungle. 100 years later her remains are found in Argentina and Germany, and returned to the Aché in 2012.

Festivals
& Awards

Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival 2015
Best Film
FESTIVAL DE NUEVO CINE LATINOAMERICANO DE LA HABANA 2015
Fuera de Competencia
Atlantidoc 2015
Official Competition / Special Mention of the Jury
Rencontres de Tolouse 2016
Panorama Documental
Guadalajara FICG 2016
Official Documentary Competition
Aljazeera Documentary International Film Festival 2016
Official Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH, GERMAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 94 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alejandro FERNÁNDEZ MOUJÁN
    • Producer(s)
    • Gema JUAREZ ALLEN (GEMA FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • The year is 1896. In the dense Paraguayan jungle, a three-year-old girl of the Aché people survives the massacre of her family by white settlers. She is baptized Damiana by her captors. For Anthropologists from Argentina’s La Plata Natural History Museum, she becomes an object of scientific interest in their racial studies.
      In 1907, at the age of 14, Damiana is committed to a mental institution. There, she is photographed naked two months before her death from tuberculosis. Even after her death, the studies on her body continue in La Plata and Berlin.
      One hundred years later, a young Argentine anthropologist identifies part of her remains, found in storage at the museum in La Plata. Her head is found a short time later at the Hospital Charité in Berlin.
      Using extant photographs and anthropological records from Argentina and Germany, the film reconstructs Damiana’s story and accompanies the Aché community in their effort to recover the girl’s remains and lay her to rest at last in the land of her ancestors.
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