It all started when…
Diego and Laura met in 2008 and started working together with the Kayapó community of A'Ukre. Fast forward several years when digital forms of mediamaking started to become more afforable and accessible to community members. Several were inspired to start a new media collective, and asked Diego and Laura to help with this initiative. The Kôkôkagõti project was born seeded from those early conversations in 2012.
It was not until 2016 that the new media center in the community and the media collective received its name, Kôkôjagõti, which subsequently became the preferred name of the project. Kôkô- is one of seven prefixes to beautiful names in Kayapó communities passed down from generation to generation. One of the filmmakers in now the nine person collective received this name from his mother to give to the center and the collective. We are excited and proud to be working with the women and men filmmakers and artists in A'Ukre and work with them to support locally-directed visions of a future with media and technology as part of the fabric of their lifeways.
This work would not have been possible without the multiple partnerships and people that work with the community of A'Ukre: Associação Floresta Protegida, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, and Purdue University.