Yarokamena

This is the story of Yarokamena, a Uitoto indigenous person who organized armed resistance to rubber exploitation at the beginning of the 20th century in Casa Arana, Colombia. He invokes the spiritual and cosmic forces of war, releasing its destructive power from its container that ends up creating a spiral of betrayal and death.
This remarkable tale was banned by traditional authorities for its potential to attract young people to revolt and function as a stimulus to resort to witchcraft. It is here told by Gerardo Sueche, councilor of the Uitoto peoples, going through film portraits of a delirious Amazon, invaded by technological ruins, dysfunctional antennas, ghost ships, and colonial ghosts housed in the oral memory of the survivors of this episode of exploitation and extractivism. Cinema is a new container for this destructive force.
by Andrés Jurado
with Gerardo Sueche Cañube
Colombia / Portugal 2022 Spanish 21’ Colour & Black/White World premiere

With

  • Gerardo Sueche Cañube (Narrator)

Crew

DirectorAndrés Jurado
CinematographyAndrés Jurado
EditingAndrés Jurado
MusicJitoma Safiama
Sound DesignJulian Galay
SoundAndrés Jurado, Maria Alejandra Rojas Arias
Production DesignMaria Alejandra Rojas Arias
Assistant DirectorVitilio Iyokina Gittoma
ProducersMaria Alejandra Rojas Arias, Ansgar Schaefer

Produced by

La Vulcanizadora

Andrés Jurado

Andrés Jurado is an artist, filmmaker, and producer whose work explores the intersections between experimental and expanded cinema, archives, counter archive, contemporary art, propaganda, mosquitoes, aliens, the space race, and the incidences of those in the construction of contemporary narratives and politics. His works have been presented at Docs Buenos Aires, MIDBO Bogotá International Documentary Festival, and EMAF, among others. He is co-founder and co-director of the Laboratory of Experimental Cinema and Expanded Theater La Vulcanizadora. In 2021, he was part of the Forensic Architecture Team in the investigation into land dispossession, disappearance, and deforestation in Colombia.

Filmography (selection)

2001 Light Hurts; 20 min. 2007 Edition & Sacrifice; 7 min. 2008 Operaciones Especiales I & II; 10 min 2009 2:48 Minutos con la Puerta; 3 min. · Ficción Solar; installation, 10 min. 2010 Special Operations; 10 min. 2011 2:48 minutes with the door; 3 min. · Underwater Lullaby; 9 min. 2015 Despropaganda. Do not cut tails or heads. Expanded Cinema 2016 VerdeLaNoche; 9 min. 2019 ; with Maria Rojas, 9 min. · Peregrinación a la Luna; film installation, 30 min. 2020 The Rebirth of the Carare; 21 min. 2021 Yarokamena

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022