Scene from the film Insula
Scene from the film Insula
Scene from the film Insula
Scene from the film Insula
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A young couple is working on a documentary about the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of a Wichí community in the North of Argentina. She is an anthropology student and her boyfriend studies film. As they edit the footage, troubles arise regarding the conceptual framework and significance of the documentary. How should they portray this community for their urban audience? Should they cut out certain scenes, to satisfy their own aesthetic prejudice and symbolic interpretation of the depicted actions and situations? These issues come to light in a wide range of circumstances, from the most common clichés of intellectual correctness to humorous contradictions sprung from the methods of social analysis and meta-narratives of cinematographic devices. During these quarrels, both sides remain unable to escape their own contradictions, leading to conceptual loops or multiple possible answers. From their encounter with the community emerges a triangulation of universes that is characterized by as much isolation as proximity, representing their desire to understand and identify with the other, while still feeling that deep isolation.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Laura Amdan, María Onis
  • DOP
    Alejandro Millán Pastori, Ariel Herera Martinez, María Onis
  • Editing
    Ariel Ledesma Becerra
  • Sound
    Guido de Niro
  • Duration
    85 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Argentina
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Visions Du Reel 2019
    • BAFICI 2019
    • Cali International Film Festival 2019
    • Rikhardinkadun Kirjasto at Helsinki (BAFICI) - 2019 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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