Instituto Catitu

Instituto Catitu is a nonprofit association qualified as OSCIP by Brazilian law that proposes to the indigenous peoples new possibilities of expression, transmission and sharing of their worldviews and their knowledges.  Created in June 2009, Instituto Catitu started its activities from the experience acquired by its founders in the last 20 years in social and environmental projects with indigenous communities.  Of these stands out the training projects around audiovisuals, which resulted in approximately 30 films – that captured new audiences and a number of prizes in Brazil and internationally.  Instituto Catitu rests on the collective success of this experience and in the professional and human relationships forged with the indigenous communities and its diverse partners in this trajectory to develop new projects and upgrade its performance.


Instituto Catitu counts on the institutional support from the Norwegian Embassy in Brazil, which guarantees its functionality and permanent team, fundamental to the development and achievement of its main projects.


To contribute to the strengthening of indigenous cultures and the defense of their rights through the use of new technologies as tools to express, transmit, share knowledges, from their own world views.


  • To foment actions that stimulate and amplify indigenous role, especially that of women
  • To promote the circulation and sharing of new forms of self-representation in the spaces of non-indigenous society
  • To stimulate dialogue between peoples, integrating networks that permit the amplification of cooperation and sharing of experiences


  • Audiovisual and multimedia training
  • Film production with indigenous authorship
  • The creation of digital documentation centers in the villages, bringing together the cultural archive of the communities
  • Digital initiation
  • Exchanges between indigenous communities and other traditional peoples


  • Comissão Pró-Indio do Acre (CPI-AC)
  • Associação Indígena Kaxinawa do Rio Humaitá
  • Associação Indígena Moygu Comunidade Ikpeng (AIMCI)
  • Associação Indígena Kisêdjê
  • Comunidade Indígena Kwaruja
  • Associação Yamurikumã das Mulheres Xinguanas


  • Mari Correa – director
  • Carmen Sivia Berni – administration
  • Raquel Diniz – editing
  • Fernanda Sindlinger – production
  • Rodrigo Guim – communication assistant


  • Eloá Chouzal – researcher
  • Osvaldo Gomes – documentalist
  • Tata Amaral – filmmaker
  • Tânia Anaya – designer, filmmaker
  • Ana Flavia Salles  – scriptwriter
  • Christiane Peres – journalist


  • Mari Corrêa – filmmaker
  • Claudia P. Gonçalves – anthropologist
  • Roselis Mazurek  – biologist
  • Rita Bocatto – cultural producer
  • Kumaré Txicão – filmmaker and Ikpeng leader
  • Vera Olinda de Paiva – educator
  • Marcos Wesley de Oliveira – indigenist
  • Mara Vanessa Dutra
  • Marina Kahn
  • Luis Donisete – anthropologist
  • Francisca Arara – teacher and Shiwãndawa leader