Directed by Paz Encina



75 min


Paraguay Argentina Mexico Germany France United States


Guarani Guarani Spanish


Set in Paraguayan Chaco, EAMI is told from the perspective of Eami (5), a member of the Ayoreo Totobiegosode community whose homeland is invaded by settlers intent on brutally corralling the Ayoreo and driving them out of their ancestral lands. Embodying Asojá, the bird-god-woman, Eami falls into trance in which she walks slowly and stunned through her beloved forest as she prepares to leave it forever.

Festival Selections

IFFR - Tiger Award Visions Du Réel - Burning Lights Cinélatino Toulouse BAFICI - Competencia Vanguardia Y Genero Sydney Film Festival Gijon Film Festival

Press Reviews

"Blends Encina's documentarians strengths that have garnered her international recognition and her interest in a highly poetic narrative storytelling" Variety



  • International Film Festival of Rotterdam | Tiger Award
  • Visions du Réel |
  • Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse | Coup de Coeur du Jury
  • Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente | Best director Avant-Garde and Genre
  • Festival Cine del Fin del Mundo |
  • Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival |
  • Isola Cinema Film Festival |
  • Algarve International Festival of Film and Literature |
  • Sydney Film Festival |
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara |
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Santiago del Estero |
  • International Film Festival Karlovy Vary |
  • Golden Apricot International Film Festival |
  • New Horizons International Film Festival |
  • Jerusalem Film Festival |
  • Melbourne International Film Festival |
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Lima |
  • Moscow International Film Festival |
  • Camden International Film Festival |
  • DMZ International Documentary Festival |
  • Cinematik Film Festival |
  • Filmfest Hamburg |
  • Bogotá International Film Festival |
  • Riga international Film Festival |
  • Women Make Waves Film Festival |
  • Festival dei Popoli |
  • Cork International Film Festival |
  • Gijon International Film Festival |
  • Festival International du Film de Marrakech |
  • Cairo International Film Festival |
  • Rome Independent Film Festival |
  • Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano |
  • Hainan International Film Festival |
  • Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb |
  • IsReal Festival |


  • Festival Cine UC |
  • Cine Latino Bergen International Film Festival |
  • Festival de cinéma Latino-américain de Paris - CLaP |
  • Chicago Latino Film Festival |
  • Human Rights Festival - Triennale Milano |

About the Director

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Paz Encina

Paz Encina is the frst Paraguayan director to be part of the Hollywood Film Academy. Film Director and writer, she is known for her drama film Hamaca paraguaya (2006), winner of the FIPRESCI Award of the Cannes Film Festival. Paz Encina has a Bachelor’s degree in Cinematography from the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her works as Director have been screened at venues such as the Harvard Film Archives, the BAMFA / Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive and the MOMA in New York. She created Silencio Lab In 2016, a platform through which she gives seminars to train young Paraguayan talents.


Paraguayan Hammock (2005)

  • Festival de Cannes - Un Certain Regard FIREPRESCI Prize
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival - Prince Claus Fund Film Grant
  • Miami Film Festival - Special Mention Ibero-American Cinema Competition
  • Festival de Cine de Lima - Special Mention Best First Work and Critics Award

Memory Exercices (2016)

  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias - Best Documentary
  • Donostia Zinemeldia Festival de Cine de San Sebastián - Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award (Nomination)
  • Premios Platino del Cine Iberoamericano - Best Documentary (Nomination)
  • Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos de la Argentina - Best Foreign Film, Spanish Language (Nomination)

Cast & Crew

Anel Picanerai , Curia Chiquejno Etacoro , Ducubaide Chiquenoi , Basui Picanerai Etacore , Lucas Etacori , Guesa Picanerai , Lazaro Dosapei Cutamijo , Catebia Picanere Chiqueño , Jonatan Chiquejño Etacore , Hernan Bego Dosapei Cutamijo , Joraine Picanerai
Paz Encina
Guillermo Saposnik
Jordana Berg
Sound design & mix:
Javier Umpierrez
Joraine Picanerai, Fernando Velázquez Vezzetti
Filmmore, Stefan Beekhuijzen
Paz Encina
Production Company:
El Silencio Cine
Co-production Company:
Black Forest Films , Fortuna Films , Gaman Cine , Revolver Amsterdam , Mpm Film , Eaux Vives Productions , Louverture Films  , Piano , Barraca Producciones , Grupo Lvt , Sagax Entertainment , Splendor Omnia , Sabaté Films

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