This film will be captioned for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing viewers during our in-house screening
Optional SDH captions available for the online screening
Jogos Dirigidos is set in Várzea Queimada, in the Sertão of Piauí, the backcountry of the northeastern Brazilian state. Amongst the town’s population of about 900 inhabitants, there is an unusually large deaf population. Access to water and public investment is scarce for everyone, as well as to the learning of Libras, the official Brazilian sign language. In the face of many challenges, Várzea Queimada’s deaf community have created their own language. As de Andrade himself has said, ‘they respond with creation, they invented their own language; they are full of vitality and a lot of strength.’
The film features 18 local men and women from the community undertaking games and exercises together and sharing spontaneous stories with each other, which include expressions of belonging, exchanges about social life in the arid hinterlands, the challenges of raising and caring for children, their experiences of frequent harassment, and their memories of lost loved ones.
Lilia Moritz Schwarcz has written: ‘De Andrade’s work calls attention to … ‘social silences’: structural problems most would simply rather not address.’ The ‘difficult-to-translate puns and street slang’ within the film are she suggests ‘further evidence of the way he plays with the social ambiguities of language to tease at their underlying contradictions.’
Film by Jonathas de Andrade, in collaboration with Marcelo Rosenbaum and Instituto A Gente Transforma, and was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Our screening of Jogos Dirigidos will be preceeded by Miranda Pennell’s short film You Made Me Love You (2005, UK, 4 mins), in which a troupe of 21 ballet dancers strives to make or keep eye contact with an unpredictably moving camera.
After our in-house screening of Jogos Dirigidos at CAMPLE LINE on Sat 17 July, Glasgow-based artist Klarissa Webster shared a short response to the film in BSL, reflecting on the Director’s “show don’t tell” approach; the stories and themes explored by the community’s storytelling; and drawing parallels with Augusto Boal’s Teatro do Oprimido, (Theatre of the Oppressed), which itself was established in Brazil, and was also a source of inspiration to the Director.
A recording of Klarissa’s response is available to watch for all online viewers of the film, and will play once the film finishes.
Our grateful thanks to Tracy Carroll for assistance in following and reading Klarissa’s prepared script during the presentation. Tracy is a Communication Awareness Trainer based in Dumfries & Galloway, with many years experience working in Audiology and Learning Support, specialising in hearing loss and deafness.
Jonathas de Andrade (Maceió, 1982) lives in Recife, Brazil. He works with installations, videos and photoresearch.
Under the Same Sun – Guggenheim NY, 11th Dakar Biennial – Senegal, 12e Biennale de Lyon, 2nd New Museum Triennial – The Ungovernables, 12th Istambul Biennial, 29th Bienal de São Paulo, 7th Bienal do Mercosul (Porto Alegre), 32 Panorama da Arte Brasileira (MAM-São Paulo), Mithologies – Cite des Arts Paris, Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo), The Right to the City – Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Better Homes – SculptureCenter – Long Island City – USA, Tropikalizmy – Gdańsk City Gallery – Gdańsk – Poland, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes – CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art – San Francisco, The Insides are on the Outside, Casa de Vidro e SESC Pompéia – São Paulo.
Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan
Townhouse Gallery, Cairo / Made in Mirrors Foundation.
Future Generation Prize (Special Prize)
Prêmio Marcantônio Vilaça (award)
Prêmio PIPA (Finalist 2011)
2019, Brazil, 57 mins
Directed by Jonathas de Andrade
English & SDH subtitles available
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