Green River: The Time of the Yakurunas
- Berlin International Film Festival
- MoMA Doc Fortnight
- Lima International Film Festival
"This poetic journey into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon explores the perception of time in three small villages that live in close symbiosis with the river, a landscape inhabited by shamans and indigenous cultures that have been ravaged by the rubber industry." - Museum of Modern Art [MoMA]
Ghosts of rubber colonialism still haunt the memory of an ancient indigenous culture living in the depths of the Peruvian Amazon. In this artful exploration of time and memory, the struggle for continuity remains intense in the shadow of modern global capitalism.
The lush green of the foliage forms a quivering reflection on the surface of the Amazon. According to legends of the indigenous people of the region, the Yacurunas live beneath the water, in submerged cities that are the mirror images of human ones. Yet Green River deals neither with mythical creatures nor with legends, catapulting viewers instead right into the midst of this incredibly green world. The residents of this region fish, hunt, cook, weave and live in circumstances that are anything but simple or romantic -- their existence is dependent on the river, with which they live in an extreme symbiosis. As they move away from the camera, they sometimes appear to become one with the forest, their hunting calls and chants merging with the sounds of the jungle.
Eschewing traditional anthropological pointers, Green River invites its viewers to rely solely on their eyes and ears to get their bearings in this Amazonian catchment area, and be carried by cinematographic prowess to a place where the river itself becomes a surface for projections of all kinds.
70 minutes - In Spanish and Quechua / with English Subtitles
Directed by: Alvaro & Diego Sarmiento
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