Río Verde. El tiempo de los Yakurunas
(Green River. The Time of the Yakurunas)

Alvaro Sarmiento, Diego Sarmiento | Peru | 2017 | 69 MIN | Documentary Feature

Friday 20 October 2017 | 2:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Canadian Premiere

Screening as part of Green River

This gorgeous, poetic documentary takes us on a hypnotic journey into the depths of the jungle and through three small villages connected by the Amazon River. A man paddles his canoe along the flowing waters of the mighty river under which the Yakurunas are said to live in cities that mirror our own. Sounds of ayahuasca chants accompany his voyage on which he encounters powerful Elders who evoke the ghosts of the rubber industry that facilitated colonialism at the end of 19th century. Río Verde is a remarkable film that confronts the tendrils of global capitalism through a deeply intimate portrait of life in the Amazon.

L-R: Brothers Alvaro and Diego Sarmiento (Quechua) are two of Peru’s fasting rising filmmakers. Together they have alternated duties as director and producer on a number of celebrated projects that have screened at festivals the world over. Alvaro is a visual artist, screenwriter, and producer who wrote and directed the award-winning short Kay Pacha (2014) and wrote and produced Sonia’s Dream (2015), both of which screened at imagineNATIVE. In addition to producing, Diego has directed several short films, including Earth’s Children (2014) which premiered at the Berlinale and Sonia’s Dream (2015). Río Verde, which premiered at the 2017 Berlinale, is their first feature film.