The river of the Kukamas

El Río de los Kukamas

film-roll Peru / Color / 7' / 2018

Being born from the Spirit of the river, Kukama people have a special connection with the water. The river shrinks and grows throughout the year, affecting the lives of its citizens. Filmed at its widest state at the end of the rain season, we learn the cosmology of this disappearing culture in Peru.

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Nika Belianina

Moscow-raised, Toronto-based she has been making award-winning fiction and documentary films since 2005. Her work has been screened on television in Russia and USA and at the numerous film festivals across the globe, including Tribeca, Sheffield, Atlanta, Sao Paulo and Kinotavr. Her photography has been exhibited at more than 25 galleries worldwide. A number of her films have been co-produced with an acclaimed filmmaker Clark Johnson (The Wire, Homeland). Her main visual language is magical realism.

Nika Belianina
Nika Belianina
Nika Belianina
Jakob Thiesen
Sound Design
Jakob Thiesen
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