Colombia / 2016 / Iku (Arhuaco) with Spanish and English subtitles / 54

  • Director 

    Amado Villafaña Chaparro

  • Producer: 

    Realizaciones Yosokwi

  • Photography: 

    Dalmer Romero



Water is male and female. Water has a soul. Water should be treated like a living being. And according to the Arhuaco, an indigenous people that inhabits the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the water is returning to Mother Nature because it is hurting from so much abuse. To right the balance, a group of Arhuaco starts out on a journey to the land of Mother Naboba to compensate her for her loss. Prior to this, we take a trip through the Cíénaga Grande de Santa Marta, following the course of rivers that have slowly been drying up and talking to some of the 30,000-plus fishermen who make their living off these marshlands, now polluted by palm plantations. They have witnessed the destruction at first hand and accept that they are partly responsible. They now understand that it’s not enough to make sacrifices, but that they need to share their knowledge with the white men. The earth is the body, the water its veins. This is a people that has always known man is not the master of the planet. It is time we paid heed to their ancestral wisdom.



Amado Villafaña Chaparro

Photographer and videographer. He was director of the indigenous communications collective Zhigoneshi and is Director of the Yosokwi Communications Center of the Tayrona Indigenous Confederation and delegate of the Arhuaco people in the National Commission of Indigenous Communication. Some of his documentaries: Resistencia en la Línea Negra (2011) and Nabusímake, memorias de una independencia (2010).