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Boneca de Ataúro


Boneca de Ataúro


2010 – 2020




Social Entrepreneurship

Arts & Crafts

Type of Work



Editorial Design

Stop-motion Animation


Capacity Building

Film Production

Video Editing

Social Media


Artist-in-Residence Management




Film Festivals & Screenings


  • Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (Bali)

  • Finalist. 3rd Minikino International Film Festival (Bali)

  • Finalist. Ouarzazate International FIlm Festival (Morocco)

  • 18th Fiacorti International Film Festival in Istrana (Italy)

  • 6th Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival (Ottawa)

  • Mzansi Women’s Film Festival (Johannesburg)

  • 11ª Mostra Audiovisual de Cambuquira (Brasil)

  • 21st Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival International

  • Azores Fringe Festival in the (Portugal)

  • Kids First! Film Festival (New Mexico)

  • Cinema Lorosa’e (Timor-Leste)

  • Backup Festival. Bauhaus University (Weimar)

  • 14th Cine Pobre (Mexico)

  • Pipa Film Festival (Brasil)

  • Painted Birds Film Festival (Madrid)

  •  9th International Children’s Film Festival (Lucknow)

  • 4th edition International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism (Jaipur)

  • 12th Athens Animfest (Greece)

  • Maoriland International Indigenous Film Festival (New Zealand)

  • Colourtape International Film Festival (Brisbane)

  • 3rd CINI International Children Film Festival (Lima)

  • 8th Independent International Internet Short Film Festival


Boneca de Ataúro is the most well-known embroidery and handmade crafts project in Timor-Leste. Founded in 2007, it is one of those projects truly born out of love, passion and hard work unique project providing income to over 60 women and their families in Ataúro, a small island 25km off the coast of the capital city of Dili.

The first encounter with this project was in June 2009, while mapping cultural produce across the country. Through a series encounters, a long-term friendship was born with this women cooperative led by Swiss artist Ester Piera Zuercher. Education is crucial for the success of this enterprise set up with a goal on social solidarity. Several educational activities were set up, including an artist-in-residence program to help the women gain a strong art and design foundation while engaging in a practice-based learning experience with international textile artists. Other support and advice activities included photographing the full collection, design a comprehensive product cataloguesource new clients, set up their website and social media, design a shop in Dili and producing an animated film.

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‘Boneca de Ataúro: Searching for the Lost Love’ became the first stop-motion film produced in Timor-Leste. The film is a non-stop laughter and action-packed film, in which the main character—a handmade rag doll called Ataurina—while looking for her abducted partner, takes us into an adventurous journey through some of the most beautiful locations in Ataúro island. In a mission to get her loved one back, Ataurina travels by all means encountering unexpected dangers and meeting curious characters across the island. The film also intends to promote Ataúro as a new eco-tourism paradise destination in South East Asia. The film was presented in numerous international film festivals and received a couple of awards. 

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