SACHARUNA SHORTS – Participatory Film from Peru

Sunday, August 27
4:30 PM | The Cinematheque 


Double Bill: Ticket includes admission to Native Planet at 6PM. 

Participating production collectives: Vision Cinema, Proyector & El Maizal
Workshop directors: Renzo Alonso Alva Hurtado & Julio Cesar Gonzales Oviedo

Sacharuna Shorts is a snapshot of travels and collaborative audiovisual and stop-motion initiatives throughout the Peruvian Amazon. The shorts included were created as part of workshops with Indigenous youth and adults, developed for the preservation and promotion of intergenerational and intercultural dialogue that (re)values ​​the diverse ancestral knowledge of communities in the Peruvian Amazon.

The screenings will be accompanied by a discussion on participatory filmmaking.

All films are subtitled in English.


Alina and Mother Nature (Alina y la Selva Madre)
Tacshacuraray/Kichwa, 2015 | 1.26 min

Alina, a young student from the community of Tacshacuraray, gifts us a song about the forests and caring for nature.

We are Muruy Muinane (Somos Muruy Muinane)
Negro Urco/Muruy Muinane, 2015 | 5.33 min

Teachers and cultural leaders share their efforts to pass on ancestral and community values and traditions to the youth.

A Trunk of Coca (Un tronco de coca)
8 de diciembre/ Muruy Muinane, 2016 | 24 min

Putumayo is a river full of ancient histories and customs that have survived despite the onslaughts of slavery and colonialism. This documentary introduces us to a Putumayo family whose members share their memories about what has been their reality.


These stop-motion shorts were collaboratively created with the Indigenous communities of Puerto Franco, Flor de Agosto, and Puerto Aurora in the Putumayo River basin.

The Fishes of My River (Los peces de mi cocha)
Puerto Franco, 2016 | 2.06 min

My Community (Mi comunidad)
Flor de Agosto, 2016 | 1.26 min

Puerto Aurora, 2016 | 1.10 min


Program running time: 35 min + presentation 

2 for 1!! All tickets to Sacharuna Shorts include access to NATIVE PLANET at 6pm.


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