European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

Waters of Pastaza / Juunt Pastaza Entsari

by Inês T Alves

(Documentary, Portugal, 2022, 72’, C, En ST)

Waters of Pastaza

On the banks of the Pastaza River, the border between Ecuador and Peru, a group of children from the indigenous Achuar tribe live autonomously. The director follows their daily lives all the while respecting their way of life in nature.


“I immersed myself in nature, I spent my days walking in the forest with the kids. Sometimes they showed me something, insects, mushrooms, or gave me fruit.” Inês T. Alves closeupculture.com

“This film gives these children the opportunity to show us the power, beauty, and biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest.  Even more important today, when indigenous communities of the Amazon are confronted with the permanent threat of intense deforestation, guided by exterior economic interests that destroy their culture, their way of life, and their means of subsistence.” Inês T Alves, closeupculture.com

“One would hope Waters of Pastaza itself might be as playful as the children of this river, but Alves’ work is an observational piece of documentary filmmaking. She only invites us to be a part of the environment. Look, don’t judge, but remember that this is who we are. This may be among the most unshaped human behavior you can witness around the globe right now, it’s primitive and primal, and it should be preserved. The children have their fun with the phones, and at some point, their camera even turns to the director herself. Alves’ film doesn’t say the technology will necessarily corrupt them; a film this much in sync with nature seems to understand that this is also part of evolution and the human condition.” icsfilm.org

Inês T Alves
Inês T Alves

Inês T. Alves is a Portuguese film maker. She studied Cultural Narratives in several European universities. A grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation allowed her to study documentary filmmaking at London University of the Arts. Along with her career as a filmmaker, she runs film workshops in various associations.  She took part in the creation of the collaborative Movimento project in Portugal. Her previous short subjects have been screened at various festivals in Portugal and abroad. Her short documentary Around Corners received the New Cinema award at the Porto/Post/Doc Festival. Waters of Pastaza is her first feature-length documentary. Her documentary Waters of Pastaza has just been screened at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival (Generation Kplus program).

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