INDIvision is a documentary project that will be based on the capacities of the Bora community of Providencia (in the district of the Amazonas in Colombia) to auto-document their way of living.
This project is based on teaching the Bora people the basics of film language and the use of cameras (given to them by the team) and on organizing filming crews, in order for them to direct their own movies, as we document their process. The sum of our footage, along with the material filmed by the natives, will conform this documentary.
WHY THE BORAS?
Declared by the constitutional court of Colombia as “in imminent danger of physical and cultural extinction” in 2009, this native tribe has been trying to survive in peace for centuries in the Amazonian jungles between Colombia and Peru (in the lower Igará Paraná and the river Cahuinari, tributaries of the river Putumayo).
Of the 30,000 people that were formerly counted, only 700 of those recognized themselves as Bora in 2005, according to the national census data given by the DANE in Colombia.
The survivors of the rubber wars (“cauchería”) now live side by side with other communities, considering themselves kindred people and “sons of the tobacco, coca and manioc”.
Even though the existence of an organizational territorial process between tribes already exists and strengthen these communities, the less numerous ones as the Boras still witness their identity and language vanish quickly. Still today, there are no educational nor cultural program that will allow to preserve and furtherly teach this language.
In the face of such situation, the Ministry of Interior issued a command in 2014 to start a new study of the current situation of the endangered ethnic groups in their territories.
In this context, Natalie Adorno (Co-director of this film project) started a fieldwork in the community of Providencia, as a consultant for the Colombian Ministry of Interior, reporting on subsistence methods, quality of life and persistence of the native culture. During this fieldwork, she has seen the Bora elders’ growing concern about the slow, but inevitable, access to the new audiovisual technologies, as they fear this process is just pushing the younger generations towards a lifestyle that does not correspond to their way of living…
Now facing this situation, we have thought appropriate to offer these young people the tools and knowledge necessary for them to seize the new means of filmmaking expression, and create their own thing. A useful way of cultural resistance, already tested with other significant tribes, like the Nasa or the Kanluamo people.
Enthusiastic about the project and the work done by Natalie Adorno over the last few years, we have got the official approval of the Bora governor of the Providencia community, Edmar Gifichiu.￼￼￼
Logline: Through two weeks of filmmaking workshops, let’s discover
the Bora Community from the Colombian Amazonian jungle..
Run Time: 50-60 min
Audience: Family, all audience
Cameras: Sony C100 or Sony F5/F55
Shooting Lenght: 14 days (May 2016)