- I. 'The vanishing jungle' (2004)
- II. 'The Asháninka People, from pain to hope'
- III. 'Kametsa Asaiki: well-being in the Peruvian Amazon'
Fundación del Valle has 10 years experience working with the Asháninka people in the central Amazon jungle of Peru. We have always worked with a view to improving their opportunities, while respecting their lifestyle, traditions and customs.
Within the trilogy dedicated to indigenous peoples, we look specifically at education issues and we have placed special emphasis on portraying what for the communities of the Peruvian Amazon is true well-being.
This is a documentary put together by Joaquín Sancho, Fundación del Valle expatriate in Peru, and it was made with the cooperation of ARI - Asociación Respeto Indígena (Association for Indigenous Respect). It narrates, simply and clearly, the day-to-day lives of the indigenous peoples who live in constant struggle for their cultural survival. Their vision of the world is an example of perseverance and respect for tradition.
Education underlies the entire documentary as a key tool for increasing their opportunities and knowledge about their own rights. Besides education, other themes running through the film include the invasion of their lands, indiscriminate logging, terrorist violence and human rights.
In common with many other of the world's indigenous peoples, the Asháninka have been made innocent victims of political conflicts. In the 1980s, they suffered from the consequences of terrorism at the hands of the Shining Path organisation and still strive to heal the wound.
The documentary shows how, the Asháninka are trying to overcome this pain, through education, and protect the memory of their people. Generation after generation, the Asháninka have handed down their stories and their way of life, preserving it from oblivion. Bilingual education helps them to take up a position in the world which enables them to uphold their ideas and safeguard their identity.
Financing: Comunidad de Madrid
Also focused on the lifestyle of the Asháninka, this documentary shows that there are other situations where well-being is based on values which are alien to our own Western values. By communicating this reality we can increase understanding and therefore help to preserve it. What do we have to do to be happy? For an Asháninka, the answer might be very different from our own ideas. This documentary seeks to discover this answer, showing also how the role of Asháninka women is fundamental in their community and constitutes a key element that ensures family unity and the preservation of customs and traditions.
Financing: Generalitat Valenciana