Magazine article Screen International

From the Sierra Nevada to Sheffield

Magazine article Screen International

From the Sierra Nevada to Sheffield

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It was one hell of a culture shock for two members of the Kogi tribe who were at the Sheffield Doc/Fest to promote their eco film Aluna.

While I always expect to meet some weird and wonderful people at Sheffield Doc/Fest (and that's just the producers), it was a particular treat to meet two members of the Kogi Tribe who had come all the way from the Sierra Nevada mountains in Columbia (a journey which takes three days) or the screening of documentary Aluna, which centres around the Kogi belief that the Western World is destroying the earth.

The film is directed by Alan Ereira, who made a documentary about the tribe and their belief about the harmful effects of mining and deforestation in 1990 which aired on the BBC.

Twenty years later, Ereira was summoned back by the next generation of the Kogi tribe, who asked him to make another film highlighting their fears for the state of the planet. …

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