First, we met Ciro Guerra, director of “El Abrazo de la Serpiente” a Columbian film competing at La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (thank you Christine Oberdorff for this). And the only film IP related this year. At least there is one. Ciro looks like a mob boss with his dark sunglasses, talks with a very friendly voice, has always wanted to make a film with and about IP from the Amazon rainforest and likes challenges in his work. So he took three years to write is “guion” (script in spanish) because he wanted to properly understand the IP spirit before going into production. He tried to convince producers and distributors to come on board in this crazy adventure for a couple of years too and then he decided to shoot the film in … Amazonia. 12 weeks in the Columbian rainforest with IP communities and two amazing indigenous actors: Antonio Bolívar & Yauenkü Miguee. The film is great, the first story with a true and respectful IP point of view on forest, colonisation, life and nature. The trailer is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdOYd-21qaA.
The film received a 10′ standing ovation at the official screening. We were seated right behind the team. It was amazing, we could almost feel the energy of the audience and the vibrations of the never-ending applause. So many people touched by the IP messages. Thanks Ciro for this great work! The basic demonstration that a good film can do more than thousands of explanations.