Abigail Lopes was for more than thirty years the partner of Francisco Meireles, well recognized in Brazil for his work in missions aimed to peacefully contact isolated indigenous peoples in the 1940’s and 1950’s. As Francisco companion, Abigail participated in his first expeditions to contact the Xavantes group from Serra do Roncador (in the state of Mato Grosso) and has lived eight years in their territory. When we met Abigail, she lived in a house perennially under construction. In this house she pulled threads to join the dots of a long life shared between the Xavantes and the ancestral gods and goddesses of Candomblé, the afro-Brazilian religious of which she became adept of after moving to Rio de Janeiro from Serra do Rocandor. Abigail is a film about our memories of this extraordinary character, of our encounter with her, of our experiences in her house.
Abigail (2016) 17 minutes Color & B&W HD & 35mm