Paz Encina

P&I Selection 2022

  • 83'
  • Paraguay
  • 2022

Eami means ‘forest’ in Ayoreo. It also means ‘world’. The indigenous Ayoreo-Totobiegosode people do not make a distinction: the trees, animals, and plants that have surrounded them for centuries are all that they know. They now live in an area experiencing the fastest deforestation on the planet.

Paraguayan director Paz Encina travelled to Chaco for this film. She immersed herself in Ayoreo-Totobiegosode mythology, and listened to heartrending stories about how the people are being chased off their land. Based on the knowledge she acquired, she made a dreamy, magic-realist film about a little girl called Eami. After her village is destroyed and her community disintegrates, Eami wanders the rainforest. She is the bird-god – she explains in the poetic voice-over, in her own language – looking for whomever may be left. Every now and then, Encina plays snippets of interviews, whilst studying Eami’s immobile face.

Eami will have to live outside the rainforest, just like the coñone (literally: ‘the insensitive’). Encina turns her final wander into an experience for all the senses, with enchanting images and a powerful sound mix. A bird screams. The wind rustles the leaves. Something growls in the distance. Then: machines. Panic. EAMI is an indictment; yet, perhaps even more so, an attempt to record something that will be lost. ‘Remember everything,’ says the lizard/old man who accompanies Eami on her journey. ’Once we leave, we can never come back.’

Paz Encina
Countries of production
Paraguay, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, France, United States
Production Year
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Paz Encina, Christoph Hahnheiser, Josune Hahnheiser, Ilse Hughan, Nicolas Gil Lavedra, Emiliano Torres, Raymond van der Kaaij, Kirsi Saivosalmi, Marie-Pierre Macia, Claire Gadéa, Xénia Maingot , Joslyn Barnes, Susan Rockefeller, Luc Hardy, Julio Chavezmontes, Carlos Reygadas, Lorena Villarreal, Denisse Chapa, Darián de la Fuente, Gabriela Sabaté
Production Companies
Silencio Cine, Black Forest Films, Fortuna Films, Gaman Cine, Revolver Amsterdam, MPM Film, Eaux Vives Productions, Louverture Films, Piano, Barraca Producciones, Grupo LVT, Sagax Entertainment, Splendor Omnia, Sabaté Films
MPM Premium
Paz Encina
Guillermo Saposnik
Jordana Berg
Sound Design
Javier Umpierrez
Fernando Velázquez Vezzetti, Joraine Picanerai
Anel Picanerai, Curia Chiquejno Etacoro, Ducubaide Chiquenoi, Basui Picanerai Etacore, Lucas Etacori, Guesa Picanerai, Lazaro Dosapei Cutamijo