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ESKAWATA KAYAWAI

THE SPIRIT OF TRANSFORMATION

THE FILM

A 7 years project of research and visits to the Huni Kuin villages of the Humaitá River Indigenous Land (Acre) and beyond, at the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.

A pilgrimage resulting in a feature film that portrays the reconnection of a people to their essence, back to their nature. Eskawatã Kayawai - The spirit of transformation is born.

SYNOPSIS

A journey into the heart of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest where the self-claimed Huni Kuin (meaning true people) are undergoing a remarkable cultural renaissance. Enduring decades of slavery and oppression, they were once forbidden to live their true identity.

Over the past 20 years, guided by the spiritual leader Ninawá Pai da Mata and other revered figures, these communities of the Humaitá Indigenous Land have prayed and strengthened their culture, remembering and practicing their ancient ways.

Today, they stand at a cultural zenith - a tale of unwavering resilience and fortitude emanating from the heart of the Amazon, now shared and narrated by the Huni Kuin themselves, resonating across the world in these transformative times.

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THE TEAM

 
A FILM ABOUT AND BY
The Huni Kuin people, headed by the spiritual chief Ninawá Pai da Mata together with elders, men, women and youngsters who shared some of their mysteries and way of life beyond what the eyes can see.


PRODUCED BY
 Bem-te-vi Cultural Productions, an independent Brazilian nomad film company focusing at ethnographic documentaries that preserves ancestral cultures and diverse perspectives on the world. Directed and shot by the filmmakers Lara Jacoski and Patrick Belem while they have lived and experienced the Huni Kuin way of life, registering the cultural renaissance of this people.


Support of Brazilian Content / Cinema Paradiso / Cinema do Brasil
This project wouldn't be possible without  the contribution of so many kind souls who have supported the project and the Huni Kuin culture through crowdfunding, which we give many thanks.


 

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“Mesmerizing! The film brings us deep into the jungle to the authentic sharing of the indigenous people so openly” - Stefanie Frank / Director of ESKFF Nest Healing Arts Retreat Center in Woodstock, US


“An intimate portrayal of a people feeling the power of their lineage of relatedness with the natural world. May this heartfelt beauty be preserved and reawakened in all who take the time to see and hear. Thank you to all who bring this beauty to the wider world”
- Dr. Kerri Welch Oregon, USA

“The natural, organic pacing of the films chapters mirrors the meandering of a river through the forest, the cinematography and soundscape are a nutritious feast for the eyes and ears, and the cast of characters on display are given an intimate container to share their story with both strength and vulnerability.”

- Joseph Mays / Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative of the Americas Program Director USA

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THE HUNI KUIN PEOPLE

 

The Kaxinawá people, self-named Huni Kuin (which means true people) are the most populous indigenous group in Acre with 16 thousand individuals in Brazil, and 2 thousand people in Peru rainforest.

 

The film takes place at the Huni Kuin villages of Kaxinawá Humaitá River Indigenous Land, demarcated in 1996, located at the Humaitá river that flows in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon forest, Acre state.

 

The indigenous land has 127.383 hectares with 99% of forest, giving home to 7 villages and 2 placements, which were also contemplated during the film. The main village where the research and the film was made is called Novo Futuro (New Future Village), a four day boat ride from the nearest city, Tarauacá.

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The Huni Kuin people have been contacted for about a century and have gone through various phases of suffering, narrowly escaping extinction. Some of them who fled to Peru and to the farthest lands in Acre were capable of maintaining community life and the chain of transmission of ritual knowledge completely interwoven with the rainforest and its wildlife without interruption, while the groups who stayed in Brazil were obliged to live shattered in small settlements, following the logic of rubber extraction, recently recovering from decimation, striving to recover and pass on their diverse knowledge of the forest to future generations so that it will not be lost.

Their culture is guided by its cosmopolitics who comes from their ancestral stories - such as the ancestral boa constrictor that taught the secrets of life in constant balance with other beings; Its artistic practices based on the shamanistic cosmology of the kenes which are the sacred geometry which is performed a graphic design of deep knowledge as a key that opens the way for the understanding of life and visions of ayahuasca combined with traditional songs; And its rituals, especially the nixi pae (ayahuasca) a sacred tea which reveals the mysteries of life, the forest, and each person.

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SCREENINGS

 

The film was complete in May/2023.

We are now applying to film festivals and looking for ways and partners to share this film.
Our interest is also to share the movie privately around the world together with the directors speaking (remotely or in person) about the themes of the movie. You can contact to suggest a screening at contato@bemteviproducoes.com.br

 

We chose to distribute the film in a more personal way for the first few years. Observing how in recent years the theme of guide plants has spread strongly, very quickly and with little information, we feel a strong responsibility and respect for the theme of the film, the Huni Kuin people, to share this message with great care, bringing awareness instead of supporting the illusion into fantasy.

We are looking forward to share the film and the vision of transformation trough ancestry.

Soon we hope the film will be available for public screenings.

For general public, keep updated on screenings and news at the instagram page @eskawatafilm

For press package download the material here.

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PRESS KIT

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Download the poster above and our press kit here:

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SUPPORT THE HUNI KUIN

The Huni Kuin are constantly collecting funds  to make their projects happen in order to improve their quality of life, provide for their basic needs, generate income and foment their prosperity.

Support today by using the e-wallets availale bellow or drop us an email at contato@bemteviproducoes.com.br

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