Country: Colombia, Francia
Direction: Laura Huertas Millán
Photograph: Mauricio Reyes
Editor: Laura Huertas Millán
Sound: Laura Huertas Millán, Jocelyn Robert
Music: Lea Bertucci’s Patterns for Alto
The fabrication ritual of the green coca powder (called mambe or “Jiíbie”) unveils an ancestral myth of kinship. In the Muiná-Muruí community, the coca plant is not a product, but a sacred interlocutor, the beating heart of a collective body.
Laura Huertas Millán is a French-Colombian filmmaker. After an MFA at Beaux-Art de Paris and Le Fresnoy, she completed a PhD between Paris Science et Lettres University (PSL) and the Sensory Ethnography Lab (Harvard University) with a series of "ethnographic fictions" films. Her hybrid films has been exhibited at the Viennale, Toronto, New York, Rotterdam, La Habana or Cinéma du Réel (Paris); and have won prizes in Locarno, FIDMarseille, Doclisboa and Videobrasil, among others. Retrospectives of her work have been organised in film festivals such as Mar del Plata, RIDM, Curtocircuito, and the Flaherty Seminar, Docs Kingdom; and cinematheques as TIFF Lightbox, Bogota´s Cinematheque, the Harvard Film Archive and London´s ICA.