IDFA ReFrame Award @UnArchive

UnArchive Found Footage Fest hosts the winner of the Beeld & Geluid IDFA ReFrame Award at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.

Private Footage

Film Particular

Janaína Nagata / Brasil / 2022 / 91’ / Portoguese | Italian Subtitles


In 2018, artist and filmmaker Janaína Nagata bought an old reel for a 16mm projector online. It turned out to contain a vacation film of a couple and their young daughter in South Africa. The movie included scenes of a safari in Kruger Park, rickshaw drivers dressed in “traditional” costume in Durban, Bantu women in the parched countryside, and white women amusing themselves at a swimming pool.
Private Footage starts with the vacation film; then Nagata uses open sources on the Internet (Google, YouTube, etc.) to find the other reality, the one not shown in the film. using split screen, she presents fragments from the vacation movie on one side and her research findings on the other. In the course of this fascinating documentary she completely deconstructs the vacation footage, pretty much shot by shot.
The apparently innocent images conceal the appalling apartheid system; meanwhile its architect, Hendrik Verwoerd, can be seen enjoying dinner with fellow members of the white elite. The jarring, dissonant soundtrack intensifies the queasy atmosphere and the sense that there is something fundamentally wrong with the scenes from this vacation.

Screenplay Clara Bastos, Janaína Nagata
Editing Clara Bastos
Music Mariana Carvalho
Sound design and mix Gustavo Vellutini
Production Sancho&Punta, Filmes de Taipa
Producer André Manfrim; Julia Alves
Executive Producer André Manfrim

Janaína Nagata

She is a visual artist and researcher. He studied theory and criticism of visual arts at the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP). Graduated in visual arts from the same institution, she develops her work in multiple languages, always valuing material and linguistic experimentation. In 2013, together with Marina D’Aiuto, he founded the Coletivo Quatro Patas. With the collective he won the XXII Premio Visualidade Nascente in the Visual Arts category and participated in artistic residencies in Spain and China. With the artists Adriana Moreno, Marina d’Aiuto, Marina Zilbersztejn and Taís Ramirez, he also participated in the GANGA project, an artistic residency of the Centro Cultural São Paulo.

may 7
7:00 pm.
Cinema Intrastevere
movie theater 1
Introduced by Joost Daamen, IDFA Senior Programmer