LIVING FOREST – NAKU IKINYU
Tatiana Lopez | Ecuador 2021 | 21 Min. | OmeU
In presence of Tatiana Lopez
Following the spiritual beliefs of their ancestors, the Ecuadorian Sapara consider all life to be equally valuable. They see themselves as part of a world animated by human, non-human, and spirit beings. In their dreams, they connect with these and strive to live in an all-encompassing harmony with nature. But this approach to life is increasingly exposed to external influences and the balance they practice threatens to come apart at the seams.
LIVING FOREST is a collaborative sensory-ethnographic film essay that uses its expressive power to make tangible the fluid passages and entanglements between the dreamlike spiritual world and the physical material world.
Director: Tatiana Lopez (she/her)
Camera: Drone Ipiak Ushigua (she/her), Nema Ushigua (she/her), Mukutsawa Montahuano (she/her)
Drone Assistance: Bolo Miranda (he/his)
Action Camera: Lince Ushigua (she/her), Felipe Ushigua (he/his)
Editing: Charic M Cerda Freire (he/him) & Tatiana Lopez
Sound: Julio Valle (he/his)
Musik: Rodrigo Gallardo (he/him)
Production: Tatiana Lopez
2021 – SVA Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Work, Winner
2021 – Audience Award, Muestra de Antropologia Audiovisual de Madrid (MAAM)
2021 – Nature and Culture Poetry Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
2021 – “Fiorenzo Serra Film Festival” Quarter Finalist, Sassari, Italy
2021 – MAAM, Nominee – Student Documentaries, Madrid, Spain
2021 – Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival Virtual Edition, USA
2021 – Global Peace Film Festival, Free for all Short Virtual Edition, Florida, USA
2021 – “Breaking the Rules? Power, Participation, Transgression”, Helsinki, Finland
Tatiana Lopez is an Ecuadorian visual – artist – anthropologist – storyteller whose research interests include indigenous people’s animistic practices, body-territory relations in connection to indigeneity, and the study of human and non-human relations through dreams. Through the MA in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, Tatiana has been exploring practice-led research that combines participatory and sensory ethnography as her main methods of representation.