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Songs of Hain (2017) is an expanded documentary about the Selknam people, one of the native communities from Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego (the largest island in the southern tip of Chile and Argentina) who were almost made extinct by the European settlers in the early 20th century. The Selknam did not use a writing system and were not image-makers but their rituals, dances, and chants had a complex and rich performativity. Their main cultural manifestation was the Hain ceremony in which men dressed up as spirits to perform the Selknam cosmogony for an audience of women and children who - not knowing that the spirits were men in disguise - experienced the performances with fear. Through the Hain ceremony masculine power was legitimized and the patriarchal social organization of the Selknam people safeguarded.

Cantos del Hain is a recreation of the ceremony, re-enacted by archaeologists, abolitionist feminist activists, experts in ethno-aesthetics, folklore dancers, a student choir, an adolescent feminist group, descendants of the Selk’nam, Mapuche and Aimara peoples, Chileans, Argentineans... and two blonde Europeans who grandfathers escaped from war-torn Europe.

a project by

Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld and Federico Vladimir Strate Pezdirc

Original music based on the selknam chants sung by Lola Kiepja and recorded by Anne Chapman in 1966.

Choreographies based on the descriptions made by Martin Gusinde of the selknam dances Hostan, Kewanix and Kulpush, performed during the Hain ceremony of 1923.


Estela Mansur, Margarita Maldonado, Estela Maldonado, Ljudmila Pezdirc, Monica Kerner, Cecilia Marani, Iván Figueroa (Colectivo Lemebel), María Fernanda Araya, Alika Kinan, Margarita Alvarado, Brenda Vilte, Mirtha Salamanca and Miguel Pantoja.


Relonche Aconcagua, Lorenza Aillapan, Natalia Bullon, Juan Cruz, Álvaro Jara, Ximena López, Isabel Torres, Jeannette Varas, Victoria Veloz, Paulina Vielma, NIcolás Puntar, Kati Javorsek and Nati Javorsek.

USACH Students Choir

Marta Gajardo, Consuelo Padilla, Natalia Belardy, Áurea Argomedo, Norma Alarcón, Raúl Galleguillos, Sebastián Muñoz, Cristian Valdes, Diego Garate and Franco Medina.

Colectivo Lemebel

Valentina Aguilera, Cristóbal Ceballos, Iván Figueroa, Vitalia González, Catalina Machuca, Matías Medina, Javiera Orellana, Bastián Rodríguez, María Fernanda Pérez


Cecilia Marani y Natalia Sosa


Ernesto Baca

2nd camera operators

Tomás Duarte y Jerson Fernández

Modified celluloid workshop

Nelson Vargas

3D modeling and animation

Patricio Concha y Nelson Espinoza

Sound assistant

Alejandro Marani

Tanu costume design

Aarón López

Prosthetic make-up

María Jesús Reyes y Jorge Aroca


Film screening + after talk

Haizebegi Festival. Bayonne, French Basque Country



Film screening + installation

Monitoring - Kasseler DokFest

Kassel, Germany



Screening + after talk

Ciclo Audiovisual Tradiciones Subvertidas

La Casa Encendida, Madrid


film screening

NAVE, Santiago de Chile



Cantos del Hain - residency sharing

TanzHaus, Zurich Switzerland


Film. Inside PS/Y Hysteria programm

KunstRaum, London

1/6/2017 – 17/09/2017

Film + installation

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Unión Fenosa



Open shooting. NAVE, Santiago de Chile


This project was possible thanks to the Scholarship for Overseas creation from Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Fundación Gas Natural Fenosa (A Coruña, Spain).

With the support from NAVE (Santiago de Chile, Chile).


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