Still from Huicholes
Still from Huicholes
 

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Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

by Hernán Vilchez
The urgent story of the mystical Wixarika People and their struggle against the Mexican government and Canadian mining companies.
2014  ·  2h5m  ·  Argentina, Mexico
English, Spanish
English subs
About the Film
The film presents the emblematic case of the defense of Wirikuta, sacred territory to the Huichol people, against the threat of mining exploitation. This native people to this land, launches a spiritual crusade to protect life, evidencing the internal contradictions in our materialistic world. The Ramirez family takes us into their ritual pilgrimage that takes them to Wirikuta and their encounter with their spiritual ancestors that inhabit this territory. We submerge ourselves, alongside this family, in the Cosmovision of the Wixárika culture. According to them, Earth and every being that inhabits it, each element of nature, is sacred. In Wirikuta, peyote flourishes and this is the central element of the Wixárika spirituality, since it is the access to dialogue with their gods. Transversal to this millenary ritual that has been repeated generation after generation, the conflict appears: The threat of the mining companies that, if their exploitation efforts are successful, could contaminate and destroy Wirikuta, transforming it into a sterile and uninhabitable territory. Defiled and profaned. The documentary also brings us closer to the different actions that are available to the public and that have been started by the Wixárika people to bring the defense of Wirikuta and its meaning out in the open.
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Festivals and Awards
2014
Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental (FINCA) Buenos Aires Argentina, Official Selection
2014
FINCA, Winner, Public Award
2014
Festival Rodando Film Festival, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Official Selection
2014
FINCA, Premio Signis & Honorable Mention in the Documentary Section
2014
Red Nation Film Festival, Winner, Best Documentary
2013
Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico,, Official Selection
2013
Canarias Environmental Film Festival, Official Selection
2012
Pachamama Festival, Sydney, Australia, Official Selection
In the Press
Review
Huffington Post
Cinematographer
José Andrés Solórzano
Animator
Eugenio Costa
Producer
Paola Stefani
Production Company
Kabopro Films
Graphic Design
Gustavo González Roth and Geni Expósito
Soundtrack Composer
Gastón Salazar
Translator
Tracy Barnett and Eloy Benítez
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