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En Bora - Beyond Amazon's Riverbanks

“- We came to learn the songs and stories to heal. Then the grandfather said: - Grandchildren, you will be able to learn and without a doubt, he said, I will teach you everything, from the beginning to the end.”
Part of an old Bora tale

“Soy Indio” (“I’m Indian”) and “Soy Bora” (“I’m Bora”). This is the way Aladino defines himself. Aladino is a shaman from Pebas, a remote village in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Shamans are healers, using the coca plant (ground to perfection), tobacco, sugar cane rum, “ampiri” (a mixture of tobacco with wild tree salt) to heal local people. The expertise and millennial tales are passed down through generation after generation of Bora Tribesman.

With the world completely globalized, Aladino is now an exile in his own land. While his culture is fading, the most important healing element for the Boras, the coca plant, is where he finds the strength to keep on living like a true shaman.

The 4-year project is a multimedia story about a man standing against the decimation of a millennial culture. The approach as if we were in his mind, feeling the psychological changes on this metaphoric journey about Amazon’s spirituality and a battle of a shaman not to be like everyone else.

  • Leonardo Carrato
  • Leonardo Carrato
  • Ana Elisabeth Amaral
  • Leonardo Carrato
    Director of Photography
  • Aladino Mimico
  • Daniel Meneguelli
    Post Production
  • Maira Zanon
    Director of Art
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    En Bora - Más Adentro de las Riberas Amazónicas
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Ethnical, Social Issues, Contemporary Issues, Human Rights, Indigenous
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 3, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Leonardo Carrato

Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1983, Leo Carrato threw himself into a photographic journey in 2012 driven by his passion. Nowadays Leo is based in Rio de Janeiro and works as a photographer and filmmaker.

While working as an independent photographer in 2013, Leo developed the project “The Uprising,” which is an inside view of the riots that drove millions of people out on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. In 2014, after being inspired by the upcoming World Cup and the Olympics, Leo started the 2-year multimedia project “Article 6 - We Don’t Want to Become a Statistic,” which explores the core of Rio’s social problems. Both projects achieved important visibility and have been exhibited nationwide.

​The desire to connect with his continent’s native culture and the aspiration to build its imagistic spiritual map carried Leo to the Amazon. Since 2015, he has been working on a long-term project about a native Bora shaman deep inside the Peruvian rainforest. Also, to uncover the Amazon’s spiritual beliefs, Leo shot a documentary in 2017 called “Pena e Maracá – A Encantaria do Fundo” about a peculiar natural healing method practiced mainly by women in the exquisite Marajo Island, north of Brazil.

​Currently, Leo is a member of the VII Mentor Program.

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