Director: Fernando Muñoz, Raphael Salazar
Screenwriter: Fernando Muñoz
Cast: Nandin Solís, Yineth Muñoz, Rosario Arias, Debora Hernandez
Producer: Fernando Muñoz
Cinematographer: Raphael Salazar
Dialogue: Spanish, Dule (Guna Language)
Region: Panama, Brazil
Production Company: Enlaces S.A.
As the colonial chronicles of the 15th and 17th centuries collect, several indigenous peoples of America considered that gender was not binary, male and female, on the contrary, diversity was the rule. In Panama, the Guna People identify Omeggid people as a third gender, which implies much more than a sexual orientation or erotic preference. A long time ago a flying saucer, a brilliant disk, came to the Gunas lands from the sky, from which three great masters descended to civilize the Gunas. The great Masters were Ibeorgun, who took care of the men, taught them to hunt to fish, Gigeridyai, who took care of the women, taught them to have children, to sew their crafts and to carry out household chores. With them also came Wigudun, the younger brother. Wigudun was ommeggid and was dedicated to organizing various rituals and festivities within the community. Guna society is matrilineal, the figure of women is very important in this society, they are the ones who inherit the lands, and although they do not exercise leadership positions in the general congress, they are highly respected and venerated. This is why when a child is approached by women’s tasks and behaviors in that sense, mothers raise them as if they were women. Nandin, Yineth, Rosario and Débora are some of the members of the Wigudun Galu Group (the house of Wigudun, a movement that brings together the omeggids protagonists of this film).
This film brings together 4 protagonists in their intimacy, such as mothers, couples, professionals and leaders of the wigudum movement. They define themselves as a separate group and their claims are particular to their group. They want visibility, their struggle is uphill, they are indigenous, they are trans, they are ommegids. Discriminated inside and outside their community. Old Gandur sings a verse of the Wigudun song. The knowledge about Wigudun is ceasing to be transmitted and the Gandur who know it are dying. Westernization begins to permeate the Guna traditions.
导演介绍 Director Biography
费尔南多·穆尼奥斯是一位阿根廷制片人和导演，自2009年以来穆尼奥斯都在巴拿马进行创作。作为平面设计师，穆尼奥斯在公关形象、插画、书籍设计和广告领域有超过十年的经验。作为导演和制片人，穆尼奥斯拥有一家制作公关宣传视频、MV、商业广告和纪录片的制作公司Enlaces Gestióny Desarrollo S.A.。穆尼奥斯曾执导过《卡吕普索的一夜》，这部纪录片曾在多个电影节上展出，并荣获2016年古巴哈瓦那电影节WIP奖以及2018年巴拿马国际电影节最佳纪录片奖。
Fernando Muñoz is an Argentinian producer and director based in Panama since 2009. As a Graphic Designer, Muñoz worked for more than ten years on institutional image, illustration, editorial design and advertising. As a Director and Audiovisual Producer, Muñoz owns Enlaces Gestión y Desarrollo S.A., a production company that produces institutional videos, music videos, commercial art direction and documentaries. Muñoz directed A Night of Calypso, a documentary that was screened at film festivals and won awards such as Works in Progress at the Havana Film Festival, Cuba 2016 and Best Documentary at Interntional Film Festival of Panama, 2018.
Raphael Salazar is a Panamanian Director of Photography and Still Photgrapher based in Panama. Salazar has worked in several documentaries, commercials, music videos and corporative events and videos for brands such as Chanel, Adidas or Vogue Latam. “Wigudun” is his directorial debut.
导演阐述 Director Statement
Wigudun is a direct cienema documentary, it shows the subtlety of everyday life and its closest conflicts. Everyday stories are simple but contain layers of enormous complexity. Our documentary is focused on the lives of Nandin, Rosario, Debora, Yineth and the Wigudun Galu group, all transgender women of the Guna ethnic group from Panama. Characters called omeggid within that indigenous culture.The documentary is going to get closer to them, their lives and their activities. For this we are going to enter their homes and their daily lives, their visions of life, and their worldview in general.
The camera will follow the omeggids as a silent witness to those lives that are torn between the struggle for recognition and the search for happiness. The daily scenes, the meetings, the events, will be recorded to present them in the documentary as they occur, with the current dialogues of the characters, many times dispensing with the traditional narration and interview.
As a documentary maker, to present the characters, we distance ourselves in the intervention of the production with the observed environment. This distance contrasts with the closeness of the final result. This is why photography is mostly done with wide-angle lenses and great depth of field. The angle allowed us a great approach and the sharpness adds to the hyper-realistic character of the proposal.I think it is necessary to show and tell these types of stories, since this is a historical moment of breakdown where gender theories and social demands in that sense need and must be made visible. The Wigudun Galu group wants to be made visible for these reasons as well.