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Stories of the Rubber Boom in the Peruvian Amazon


Through the stories of four indigenous artists, activists, and their families, this two-part educational documentary revisits the tragic events that took place during the “rubber boom” of early twentieth century in the Putumayo region, where over 30,000 indigenous people lost their lives after being enslaved and tortured by the rubber barons. Produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Peru, the film seeks to raise awareness of a genocide that has been silenced by the official history for more than a century. 2016. 70 min

Transnational Fiesta: Twenty Years Later

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A unique story of cultural resilience over time and space. This ethnographic film explores cultural change and continuity in the indigenous Andean community, fiesta, and migrant colony first documented in Transnational Fiesta: 1992. The film follows a migrant family in Maryland, U.S., as they travel to their hometown in Peru to celebrate the annual patron saint fiesta they first sponsored two decades earlier. 2014. 82 min.

The Author Wanders

An intimate reading of "Camina el Autor," (The Author Wanders), key chapter of El Primer Nueva Coronica y Buen Gobierno, the eminent anti-colonial illustrated manifesto submitted in 1615 to the Spanish king by Inca chronicler Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala. Invoking the sonic texture of the author’s writing, this poignant ethno-poetic and musical performance by Andean writer Fredy Roncalla brings to life the author as an artist and a poet in his own right. Co-produced with Hawansuyu, a blog on indigenous and originary poetics. 2011. 9 min.

Arguedas in Ourselves

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Five Peruvian artists, intellectuals and activists have an intimate conversation about the legacy of famed Andean author José María Arguedas. Speaking from their creative and personal experience, they offer penetrating insights into Arguedas’ vision that is at once local and global, classic and postmodern. Produced in celebration of the centennial birthday of the beloved Amauta. Co-produced with Chirapaq, Center for Indigenous Cultures of Peru. 2011. 28 min. 

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