The Hyperwomen

  • 80'
  • Brazil
  • 2011
Because he fears that his spouse does not have much longer to live, an old Indian asks his cousin whether his wife would like to perform the Jamurikumalu one more time. It’s the ritual dance of the native population of the Upper Xingu, who live in the centre of Brazil. The sick wife wants nothing more than to sing along with the women of the village one more time. The preparations are started, but the only woman who knows all the lyrics is far from healthy too. Several old cassette tapes also don’t offer a way out.
An ethnographic documentary about a tribe that seems to live in a different age, The Hyperwomen is soberly shot but the intelligent cutting helps make it gripping. The Indians live in reed huts, usually walk around naked - apart from a few cords and daubs of paint - but they seem completely at ease in front of the camera. Their conversations are very open-hearted with extremely sexual overtones. The complicated singing is beautiful, just like the equally complicated dance steps that accompany it.


Directors
Carlos Fausto, Leonardo Sette, Takumã Kuikuro
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
80'
Medium
DCP
Original title
As hiper mulheres
Language
Kiukuro
Producers
Carlos Fausto, Vincent Carelli
Production Company
Video nas Aldeias
Sales
Leonardo Sette
Screenplay
Carlos Fausto, Leonardo Sette, Takumã Kuikuro
Cinematography
Takumã Kuikuro, Mahajugi Kuikuro, Munai Kuikuro
Editor
Leonardo Sette
Production Design
Carlos Fausto, Vincent Carelli
Sound Design
Leonardo Sette, Takumã Kuikuro, Carlos Montenegro, Mahajugi Kuikuro, Munai Kuikuro
Music
Kuikuro Culture