The Whisper of the Jaguar

Sebastiane, a queer artist, penetrates herself in a transgenic cornfield, unaware that death is near. Her sister Ana, a punk girl from the city, follows her steps carrying her ashes through the Amazon on a quest that will become a spiritual and sexually liberating experience. Her path is filled with intriguing encounters and challenges amid issues of colonialism, modernization and the current political situation of Brazil and Latin America. As Ana says, “she doesn’t cross the border, the border crosses herself”.

Cartagena Film Festival 2019 – Best Director

“Whisper of the Jaguar” is a queer-punk road movie. Queerness – beyond just a theme in our film – was for us a methodology and a cinematographical gaze, a perspective and a way to break the heteronormative identity of cinema. The human-jaguar figure symbolizes the moment when the spiritual world transforms the body and dissolves the material boundaries. That’s why we are interested in approaching the fluidity, metamorphoses, sensations and parallel realities existing within nature – Thais Guisasola and Simon(e) J. Paetau, directors and screenwriters.


Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Thais Guisasola


Thais Guisasola, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Daniel Martins


Aérea Negrot, Mad Kate|the Tide


Giovanna Pezzo


Brazil, Colombia, Germany 2019

running time:

80 minutes

English/Polish subtitles

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