with Fish and Birds
(43 minutes) Ecuador
Rainer Simon/Frank Sputh
UNAFF screening schedule
is the name of one of three places in the Ecuadorian jungle where
the last of the Záparo Indians live; seven houses and a runway
encircled by the meandering Rio Conambo. Fifteen pure Záparo
are said to live in Ecuador today, with some hundred more in Perú.
In Llanchamacocha live 60 Indígenas, two-thirds of who are
children Záparos mixed with Quichua Indians, but living
the traditional Záparo way of life. Once one of the most
powerful peoples in the Amazon, they are now threatened by extinction.
The film presents the life of the family of the last shaman of the
Ecuadorian Záparos Manari (Cayman) Ushigua, who died
two years ago. His wisdom is largely responsible for the Záparos
being able to preserve their culture. He protected them from encroachments
by Catholic missionaries and Protestant sects.
Simon was born in Hainichen, Germany and studied at the German Academy
of Cinematics in Babelsberg. He has produced and directed numerous
documentary and feature films and his work has been shown at several
international film festivals. In 1985, he received the prestigious
Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and
GDR critics award for his film "The Woman and the Stranger".