remade by the forces that were unleashed by European imperialism and industrial capitalism” (Asad 333). Cultures are being damaged by these anthropologists’ studies. At the age of 14, Damiana died of tuberculosis. Her body was disembodied – her head was sent in a hospital in Berlin, and her body stayed in Argentina's La Plata Museum. The scientists took her skull because they thought it was a link to the Stone Age. They yearned for knowledge and discovery without ethics or morality. Damiana, who had a painful, difficult life, couldn’t even receive a proper burial when she died. Even after death, Damiana was dehumanized. Argentine film director Alejandro Fernández Mouján and his wife, anthropologist Susana Margulies, wanted to restore the remains of Damiana to her people, over one hundred years after her death. Mouján delved into the genocide of the Aché people, and interviewed the contemporary Aché people, learning that the past still haunts the present. Mouján’s documentary film, Damiana Kryygi , explained the unfortunate story of a young Aché girl taken away from her community to be studied by anthropologists, and pursues the restoration of her remains to today’s Aché people. The story really struck a chord to Mouján. Mouján’s purpose of making the film was to bring back a human being, “not as an object of study, but as a human being…as a girl.” Since most of the Aché was ruthlessly murdered, bringing back Damiana was very important. She would be the first dead Aché person to return to her people, signifying all the dead Aché people that could never return home.
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