Wigudun dir. Fernando Munoz, Raphael Salazar/Panama/1:18:23/2023
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.
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 behaviours 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 Wigudun 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.
Preceded by the short film:
Mawitai’kw – dir. Bretten Hannam/16:55/Canada/2022 Across Wabanaki territory, Two-Spirit people overcome distance, isolation, and a pandemic to come together as a community.