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Bila Burba

Bila Burba

Duiren Wagua
Panama
2023
70 min
World Premiere
Frontlight
Synopsis

Colonialism wiped out many Central and South American cultures, but not the Gunadule, the indigenous people of northern Panama. In 1925 they successfully resisted the repression of their culture by the Panamanian government. In three days of fighting, they won their autonomy and thus saved their way of life.

Known as the “Dule Revolution,” the glorious battle is commemorated annually with a reenactment involving hundreds of participants, including many children. Bila Burba, made by Duiren Wagua, a member of the Gunadule, shows the reenactment of the successful revolution, and looks back with descendants of the revolutionaries on the reasons for the uprising and the course of the events.

The film convincingly shows the power of this community theater in maintaining a unique collective identity, which emphasizes cooperation. Keeping the past alive is crucial, because the Gunadule’s autonomy is once again under threat due to the Panamanian government’s sale of parts of their territory.

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Credits
70 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Spanish, Dulegaya
Director
    Duiren Wagua
    Duiren Wagua
Production
    Diego Madias,
    Jhojaddy Ramirez
    Diego Madias,
    Jhojaddy Ramirez
Cinematography
    Manuel Campos,
    Duiren Wagua
    Manuel Campos,
    Duiren Wagua
Editing
    Orgun Wagua
    Orgun Wagua
Sound Design
    Jose Rommel Tuñón
    Jose Rommel Tuñón
Screenplay
    Duiren Wagua,
    Orgun Wagua
    Duiren Wagua,
    Orgun Wagua
Screening copy
    La Subterránea Distribution
    La Subterránea Distribution

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