A documentary film about the resistence, revival and expansion of Huni Kuin culture, spirituality and vision.
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The Huni Kuin had a hard time living in their homeland, they were once forbidden to live their life, their culture and speak their own language, after many years living as white people, they have awakened to go back to their roots, rediscovering their ancestrality, remembering their culture once forbidden and censored. This film is about a region where they stood for themselves and changed their lives forever, entering a new era, the time of the indigenous right. In this new era, the Huni Kuin now live in harmony with nature and their sacred knowledge, also sharing their healing culture around the world with their knowledge, culture and spirituality from the forest, their own cultural festivals where they gather the indigenous with the non indigenous, creating a great cultural apex. We hope this film can help other indigenous land and society as a whole to go back to their roots and be in harmony with themselves and planet Earth.
The idea of this project was to make a short film that eventually became something much larger than once imagined, a feature film, having many interviews with spiritual leaders and shamans, participating of ceremonies and cure practices with the forest medicines. So now, in co-production with Marcos Vinicius Romão (Co-Organizer of the Festival Eskawatã Kayawai) and Ninawa Pai da Mata (Spiritual leader of Novo Futuro Village) we have a really special feature film in hands and we need funds to finish it, so we can share their story and bring their healing power around the world.
visiting for the second year the Novo Futuro Village in the Humaita
River, Brazil, we are entering the post production of the Eskawata
Kayawai film and the project
needs your support for its completion. The funds will be used to edit
the feature film and hire professional for all post production and
distribution, sharing the film in film festivals and screenings all over
If you would like to help in other ways rather than funds, but with your expertise, please write to us at [email protected]
The Huni Kuin, who live in the dense forests of the state of Acre, after a great history of suffering and slavery, now live in a time of great cultural boiling. From the spread of their cures, his work with the medicines of the forest, their ancestral knowledge, complex and refined crafts to a rich musical production. The film proposes to bring a clipping of this indigenous awakening, of these new times that present themselves to the Huni Kuin, of valuing their culture and their knowledge.
Amid the materialistic times of a civilization practically incapable of seeing the human soul, focused on the production and consumption of goods, it is evident the importance of returning to the roots, of learning from the oldest cultures life harmony with the planet, with forests and with the spirits. Seeking this rescue, this project originated and we are already on the second year filming in the village of Novo Futuro, on the upper Humaitá River, during the Eskawata Kayawai festival of 2017 and 2018, event that brought together more than 200 indigenous people from several villages of the same ethnic group, pajés and txanás and about ninety non-Indians. The festival is an intensive of getting to know the Huni Kuin culture, participating of healing ceremonies, learning their dances and songs, preparing their medicines, getting to know shamans and leaders, learning their culture, about nature, about life itself.
The project is a 80+ minutes film which pretends to
- (1) Exhibited as a premiere at the 6th edition of the Huni Kuin festival Eskawata Kayawai to contemplate all of them who have been filmed and who helped to make it happen
- (2) It will be sent to whom contribute with this campaign a private link to watch within a month period (depending on the reward selected)
- (3) The film will be sent to film festivals around the world to aim to raise awareness on this cause, that is not receiving the importance needed from our own country.
- (4) It will be added to Netflix catalogue so it can be shared with more people.
- (5) After an year of film festivals, the film will be distributed online so everyone can watch it
After the first phase of our crowdfunding we focused in a short film reached 77% of its goal, raising U$9.773, now our project have grown to a feature film so we are aiming for the remaining 33%, also extra costs for new professionals involved and new demands plus all costs of the platform, rewards, posting, fees - a total of U$26250
The amount raised beyond the value asked will be going to support Huni Kuin projects in Acre we are involved.
Read more about it in our updates. We have many villages to support beyond Novo Futuro Village who are in great need of basic structure, we have a dream to support different Huni Kui projects as construction of a well, schools, buy them solar panels and so on, besides amazing cultural projects, so all money raised beyond our goal will be very welcome to the Huni Kui people in a direct intervention.
WHO ARE WE
We are Patrick Belem and Lara Jacoski, a Brazilian duo of filmmakers and spiritual seekers, we have been traveling and working together the past 6 years to different cultures, making documentaries on minorities and causes, filming in India, Thailand, Morocco, Bolivia, Peru and Cambodia. All our projects are funded by ourselves or independently, with the help of supporters or partners, our last series Better Days filmed in India which focused to bring inspiring people from harsh realities, was supported via crowdfunding and Facebook with half million views each video.
ABOUT THE REWARDS
We prepared great rewards that can be of a great enjoyment to you all =) Check the details and pictures of some of our rewards. To see the full rewards with its description, check on the column in your right, here bellow you can only see the physical rewards.
We will be sending the rewards as soon as they are bought, printed or as soon as they arrive from Acre. Most of the rewards support the indigenous village by getting their crafts handmade by the Huni Kuin woman. Do you have a special request you would like to get as reward? Let us know in the comments section.
**All items bellow also contemplates a pdf of sacred songs, a 13 hours playlist of mostly sacred Latin American songs, private online view of the film, support credit in the film.
**Kene are the sacred geometry of the Huni Kuin, which represent the sacred beings & animals of the forest that weave stories of power, strength and visions from the sacred plant medicines within the Amazon.
Some observations for the following rewards.
$140 - MUSIC KIT / CD PATRICK EITA plus PDF OF MEDICINE MUSIC WITH CHORDS plus 10h+ PLAYLIST OF MOSTLY LATIN AMERICAN MEDICINE MUSIC
The debut cd of the musician Patrick Eita will be recorded during 2019 and as soon as is released it will be sent to you via a one time download link.
Patrick is a multi instrumentalist musician of medicine songs, inspired by the Huni Kuin tribe among other tribes from Brazil and world wide. His compositions focus in guitar, flute, clarinet, didgeridoo, drums and little sounds from nature.
$160 ECOBAG WITH HUNI KUIN PATTERN
For this reward we are counting with the beautiful artwork of Cheyenne Kaelee, a young talented artist from Switzerland/Korea that draws beautifully aya inspired visions. She will be drawing an amazing special (and secret for now) drawing to be printed in the eco bag.
$190 SHIRT WITH HUNI KUIN ILLUSTRATION
Our multicultural artist Cheyenne Kaele will be also drawing her amazing artwork to be printed ir a shirt. Please let us know the size of the shirt you would like to get.
$210 PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPH
Professional photograph printed as fine art from the Huni Kuin tribe Novo Futuro. the photographs were made by the photographers Patrick Belem (Brazil), Gary Wyk (South Africa) and Ivan Kuxan Suum (Mexico), choose the photographer and you will get a surprise.
$250 HUNI KUI KIT plus MUSIC KIT
A kit with the ecobag and shirt, the cd of medicine music man Patrick Eita, Pdf with chords of sacred songs and playlist of medicine music.
PLUS an Huni Kuin surprise!
$350 BEADED BRACELET AND BEADED NECKLACE or BEADED BRACELET AND BEADED HEADBAND
Get the most traditional Huni Kuin crafts, the beautiful beaded bracelet and necklace with a kene, their sacred geometry designed with beads.
$500 WOVEN BAG AND BEADED NECKLACE
Get the the traditional beaded beacklace and the wonderful hand made woven bag.
$1000 - ART COLLECTOR REWARD
Original paints about the Amazon from the Brazilian artist Janete Anderman (1 avaialable)
Triptych: Imaginary layers of the Acre Amazonian I, II, III, 2018. Original artwork, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 55 (see the reward bellow.)
Janete Anderman is a visual artist, working also with healing arts, living and working in Curitiba, Brazil, represented by the gallery Boiler Galeria.
$2700 - ENTRY FOR THE VI FESTIVAL HUNI KUIN ESKAWATA KAYAWAI (2 available)
A 15-days (09th to 23rd November) plant medicine festival with the ancient Kaxinawá / Huni Kuin Tribe – the “True People” at Novo Futuro Village – Humaitá River – Amazon Rainforest – Acre – Brazil.
The Festival takes place in a Huni Kuin village in a very remote area (a 4-5 days boat journey away from the nearest town, included), in the Heart of the Amazon Rain-forest in the state of Acre, Brazil. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become immersed in their ancient and magical world of plants, spirits, powerful sacred rituals, sacred dances, ancient chants many thousands of years old, stories of the great forest and so much more! Not many people on the planet will ever get to experience what you are invited to. More info facebook.com/festivaleskawata
*The flight ticket from your country is not included =)
Deep gratitude for helping this project, this cause, the Huni Kuin people, to share about this powerful beautiful culture full of ancient knowledge which is bringing so much healing to all the world, a culture which are in so much need of protection in Brazil for their own generation and next generations, indigenous have been always in need of protection and recognition worldwide, but specially now with the new Neo-fascist government which lacks of respect to our ind