Beyond the Glacier is a documentary film shot in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The documentary deals with the conflict of water in Central Asia by analyzing the complex development of the Sir Daria River that after its birth in the glaciers of the Tian Shan mountain range, crosses more than 3000 km until it ends at the ill-fated sea of Aral. Through the experts who have studied the case and the people who live off the water, the documentary reflects on human relationships with the natural environment and analyzes the future of the species within a context of geographical chaos.
Original language: English, Russian, Kyrgyz
The project was inspired by the principles defended by Brazilian forest activist Chico Mendes. Chico, known as the “Master Forester”, was assassinated in 1988 for defending the Amazonian Rainforest and organising the ”Forest Alliance” between rubber harvesters, indigenous people and river communities in Brazil. ”Forest People” is the documentary about a community of rubber
tappers that has managed to both make a living and be effective guardians of a natural reserve in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest for over 30 years.
Original language: Portuguese
For the first time in their history the Arhuacos invited a filmmaker to visit the most remote communities and sacred sites in the heartland of their territory. ”Thinking like a Mountain” tells the story of resistance and preservation of nature, which is a voyage through space and time. The cosmogony specific to this territory and its people has been preserved due to the self imposed isolationism of the Arhuacos, but a solemn history of violence is progressively drawn out through the film brought on by the changing political and spiritual landscape. In a thought provoking and pointed manner the film explores the colliding of two cultures and portraits indigenous life in the 21th century where isolationism seems to vanish, just like the glacier held sacred by its people.
Original language: Chibcha, Spanish, German