Shipibo with English subtitles.
Director/Writer: Georgina Barreiro Producers: Georgina Barreiro, Matias Roth Cinematographer: Leonardo Val Editor: Georgina Barreiro Sound: Emiliano Biaiñ
Icaros explores the spiritual universe of the Shipibo, an Indigenous people who live by the Ucayali river, one of the main tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon. Mokan Rono, a young Shipibo man, sets out on a journey to discover the ancestral knowledge of ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic tonic made from plants that is known for its cathartic and life-changing powers. He is mentored by an elder shaman who instructs him how to prepare for the experience, and his mother, a master healer. Intimate and exquisitely paced, this observational documentary moves along with the rhythm of the rainforest itself, taking time to listen to the bird songs and the whisper of the wind in the canopy of leaves.
Marked by stunning cinematography, the film is an open and sincere look at the traditions of the Shipibo people. José García, Cinestel.com
Icaros explora el universo espiritual del pueblo Shipibo que habita a orillas del río Ucayali, uno de los principales afluentes de la Amazonía Peruana. El joven Mokan Rono emprende su camino en el ancestral conocimiento de la ayahuasca, guiado por un sabio chamán y por su madre, maestra curandera. Íntima y exquisita, la cinta observa detenidamente a la selva lluviosa, y se toma el tiempo para escuchar los sonidos de las aves que le susurran a las hojas. Un documental que es una joya de la observación.
Georgina Barreiro (b. 1982, Buenos Aires, Argentina) studied Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires. She worked as both a producer and editor on The October Silence (2010). Icaros, her first feature as director, had its world premiere in the official competition of Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse in France.
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