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EL CIELO OTRA VEZ  ••• 'Heaven Again' ••• Documentary film and panel

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March 18, 2019 • Venue to be Announced

EL CIELO OTRA VEZ 'Heaven Again'

An inspiring documentary film and panel discussion with South American guests


Film screening and panel-led discussion
18 March, 2019 • Venue to be Announced

The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus ) is the emblematic species for a wide range of indigenous communities throughout the high Andean range of Latin America. In the last 100 years, its presence has been severely compromised by a number of human induced factors. The last assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2017 classified the Andean Condor as ‘Near Threatened’, due to ‘human persecution’.

The Andean Condor has found a friend in Dr. Luis Jacome, an inspiring individual, whose vision and commitment towards maintaining the Condors flight helped establish the Andean Condor Conservation Project in 1991. Since its inception, the project has played an important role in mitigating the Condors ‘near threatened’ status’, through its artificial-incubation programs, rehabilitating procedures and educational programs throughout Latin America.

Over the last twenty years, the program has developed a unique approach where modern science and the ancestral know-how of indigenous people come together in order to protect and celebrate the Condor’s flight. The film ‘El Cielo Otra Vez’ (Heaven Again), captures the inspiring vision of returning the Condor to Pailemán (where condors rest), 130 kms from the Atlantic coast, after a 170 years absence from its ancestral nesting place in Patagonia.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with two Quechua elders closely aligned with the project, Hernan Pepe, who has been documenting the project since its inception in 1991, Ruth Langford, the creative director of the Nayri Niara indigenous festival in Tasmania, and Professor Pablo Ratto, a renowned Argentinean film maker and director of Audiovisual Arts at the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires.

Professor Ratto is currently co-producing with Hernan Pepe, a documentary called ‘El Condor Sagrado’, exploring how meaning and belonging are derived from the cultural frameworks informing indigenous communities, in relation to domestic life, cosmology and their totemic systems.


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