I Chomoch, a Yanesha Sage

The Film NA’PA CHOMOCH, PALLER YANESHA is part of the project "My Indigenous Roots" I'm developing since 2017, with the aim of transcribing native oral tradition in interactive multimedia books and films.

"I Chomoch, Sage of the Yanesha" was shot live in Amazonia, in the native Ashaninka-Yanesha community “San Jeronimo” of Puerto Yurinaki, Peru.
The film is in Amuesha the language of Yanesha people.
In the Yanesha society, the Paller is the sage to whom refer for spiritual advice or medicine cure.
After two years of encounters the sage Chomoch let me film his daily work, but with the premise of following him "without disturbing his energies".

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    Na’pa Chomoch, Paller Yanesha
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    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Television, Other
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    1 hour 4 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 11, 2021
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    Digital 4K
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Director Biography - ANGELO GIAMMARRESI

Angelo Giammarresi was born in the splendid and sunny Sicily at the end of the 1950s, having just enough time to assimilate the scents and values of the social fabric quickly evaporated and captivated by the unstoppable modernism that, by innovating, erases history, uses, customs and often also the dignity of man. Over the years he has devoted himself to in-depth visual perception, colour psychology and visual storytelling techniques. Director, documentary filmmaker, video editing teacher, multimedia producer, self-taught ethnographer in 1989 he founded his audiovisual company, World On Communications, and produced over 80 documentaries on tourism and culture, reportage, video courses, interactive guides and games for preschoolers.
After moving to Peru, he promoted tourism and culture with dynamic maps in Italian, English and Spanish of MappeAttive.com project.
Author of multimedia masterpieces on the indigenous culture of the Peruvian central forest: Mapiniki: Interactive History Of Our Ashaninka-Yanesha Native Community, Interactive Stories Of Our Ashaninka-Yanesha Tradition and Amazonia: Indigenous Communities and Ancestral Remedies in an exclusive format with texts, audio clips, video pop-ups and photographic carousels.
Since 2015 is developping the My Indigenous Roots project to transcribe ancient oral traditions in multimedia products. He has also realized the ethnographic film NA’PA CHOMOCH PALLERR YANESHA, in the Yanesha language with English, Spanish and Italian subtitles. A film based on the story of a Yanesha sage contriving how to make go on ancient traditions with new interactions of everyday life in the third millennium. At presently, he is working on Posorr po'morreñets - The song of the bat, a new interactive book based on an ancestral Yanesha tale.

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Director Statement

I remember my chance encounter in Paris with M. Jean Rouch in February 2004, he welcomed me as I was his best friend and we had about one our conversation on my works on Sami I was making. This meeting changed my life because it confirmed my thought that there's no barrier in between engaged people, no age, no nationality but a oneness in honour of transmitting culture secrets of the world.
That's I felt again when the Asaninka-Yanesha native community appointed me the native name "Mayarr" a.k.a Tiger because I spend two years instead of two months to record their community's history.
If your heart is clean nothing can stop you and as Buddha said: There's are no pure lands and impure lands per se: the difference lies solely in the goodness or evil of our mind.
Let's build a better brighter future all together!