Meraya

Nominated for Best Experimental Film

Directed by

Pedro Favaron

32' • Peru • 2019

An intercultural film project that shows the visionary world of Meraya doctors, who are Shipibo-Konibo sages. The documentary introduces the viewer to the intimacy of the Peruvian Amazon, to the wisdom of forests and plants, and to the healing experience with ayawaska, which is also part of today's Shipibo-Konibo culture. It is visual anthropology from a poetic standpoint and with video art techniques. Meraya intertwines fundamental art and everyday practices of the Shipibo civilization: kené patterns and textile craft, and an understanding and profound respect for the forest and its beings (earthly and spiritual). These elements relate to equilibrium and to the ordered beauty of connecting.