Regisseur Misha Vallejo

Taal Engels

On August 30 we will show the magical story “How to beat a jaguar and other lessons from the Amazon for major world problems”. Ecuadorian photographer Misha Vallejo documented the daily life of the indigenous Kichwa community of Sarayaku, in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Their philosophy, called Kawsak Sacha, states that everything that lives in the rainforest is interconnected. But also connected to the world outside of the forest. So, any damage done anywhere in the world affects the entire system. The audiovisual performance tells the magical story of the Kichwa people who, living from this philosophy, can teach us a lot about how to deal with nature and with each other.

After the showing of this audiovisual story the photographer is joining us online for a live discussion. Then we will talk to radio and podcast maker Emmie Kollau who made this audiovisual story in collaboration with Misha Vallejo. Emmie wrote the scenario and this evening she will not only give us a look behind the scenes of the creation, but also a look inside her head that works like an idea machine to make stories come to life. Jessica Wawoe is the founder of the Tribal Wisdom Foundation, supporting traditional knowledge-holders to amplify their voice through digital channels. She will address how stories, messages and teachings from Indigenous Peoples are seeking representation on a global digital stage and of leveraging social media and video. Also guest is political scientist and philosopher Erno Eskens who takes us along in the tantalizing thought what will happen if we give nature rights. What will the world be like?

Come listen and watch a magical story about an indigenous tribe in the rainforest of Ecuador and listen to experts who contextualize this story. The evening will be moderated by Marga Rotteveel, co-founder of Docking Station. This program (total length 120 mins) and will be in English. The duration of the audiovisual play is 20 mins.

This program was made possible with support from Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Pictoright Fonds, Miap and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

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