'WËRAPARA,' the first documentary to feature Indigenous trans women, premieres in Colombia | Al Día News

2022-07-01 20:14:45 By : Ms. Joyce Walson


This weekend, a documentary that shows the reality of trans Indigenous women will premiered in Colombia for the first time.

On Saturday, July 2, the documentary WËRAPARA, Trans Girls by director Claudia Fisher will be screened for the first time in Colombia as part of the celebration of the LGBTIQ+ Pride Week. 

WËRAPARA, Trans Girls focuses on the lives of Marcela, Jaima, Gina, Alexa, Roxana and Pamela, who spend their days in the mountains of the Colombian Andes. There, they sow the land, grow and harvest coffee, make handicrafts, take care of their homes and, above all, honor their territory and ancestral culture. They make up a group of trans women from the Emberá Chami community located on the Karmata Rua Indigenous Reservation, who have carved out a life despite the difficulties.

"This first event is a tribute to diversity and it is very relevant to do it in FUGA, who gives us the space to connect and retrace the networks that can be woven to create new balances," said said Fisher in an official release. 

These "women of clay" who have been unafraid to assume their identity and struggled to defend their place in an often hostile environment, have managed to give visibility to their artistic and spiritual expressions together. Their work as weavers and designers of accessories typical of their culture has resonated at the forefront of fashion in Colombia and abroad.

The 'Wëra pa ra,' as they are called in their native language, give each other advice, support each other and above all strive to preserve the healing power of recognizing each other as a community. Each of these women, with their stories, represent the diversity and potential of the Emberá culture and tradition. Thanks to the support of their families, but also their innate determination to fight against discrimination, their individuality shines through. With their unstoppable strength, they have positioned themselves as important figures of leadership and set examples within and outside their community.

This story about six trans women, belonging to the Embera community, will be shown at the Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation — FUGA at 6:30 pm.  The screening of the film will be accompanied by a conversation, moderated by Daniela Castro with its protagonists and its director, who will connect virtually. 

Claudia Fisher is a graduate of the École des Beux-Arts, Paris, France, and has worked in various artistic fields — painting, conservation of mural painting, easel painting, polychrome sculpture and altars. She has also been art director and production designer for television series and films, such as Buscando a Miguel (2005) by Juan Fischer; and Retratos en un mar de mentiras (2010) by Carlos Gaviria.

With her debut feature, the documentary Ati y Mindhiwa, which tells the story of two sisters belonging to the Indigenous Arhuaca community of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta who come to the city of Bogotá to study at college, she also had a tour of international festivals. 

Fisher is currently completing the documentary De un mismo árbol, about the artistic and family legacy of Colombian artist Santiago Cárdenas.

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