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International Feature Competition

Eami Paz Encina

In the language of the Ayoreo Totobiegosode, “Eami” means forest and world. In the form of a visual poem enveloped in the sensory atmosphere of nature and infused with the spirituality of the Indigenous people of Paraguay, this piercing film translates and gives meaning to an apparent linguistic ambiguity. A young girl embodies the spirit of a bird to escape her ancestral land being invaded by white men. As her soft voice narrates her journey, her tale is dramatized and interwoven with testimonies of victims of an ongoing genocide. Paz Encina directs an allegorical essay on the sovereignty and healing of a people forced to leave the forest, the only world they have known.
— Editorial Team

Presented in collaboration with the Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (FNC)

competition : International Feature Competition


  • Country : Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, Netherlands, United States
  • Year : 2022
  • V.O : Ayoreo, Guaraní
  • Subtitles : French or English
  • Duration : 85 MIN
  • Cinematography : Guillermo Saposnik
  • Editing : Jordana Berg
  • Production : Paz Encina
  • Music : Joraine Picanerai
  • Music : Fernando Velázquez Vezzetti
  • Sound Design : Javier Umpierrez
Filmography of Paz Encina :

Supe que estabas triste (2000)
Paraguayan Hammock (2005)
The trilogy Río Paraguay (2010)
Viento Sur (2011)
Exercices de mémoire (2016)

The film’s journey :

International Film Festival of Rotterdam | World premiere, Tiger Award

Visions du Réel | Official Selection

BAFICI | Best director Avant-Garde and Genre competition

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