First Film Screenings
11 January 2018
ALUNA – 2012 UK 90 min, director/producer Alan Ereira
An amazing follow up to a doc made twenty years ago by the same brave man, about the elusive tribe of Kogi, who inhabit the very neighbourhood of the high mountain range in North of Colombia just near the Caribbean Coast. I went there two years ago but was chased away by armed guerillas, guarding their marihuana and coca fields, and thus I have a good reason to admire Alan Ereira’s talents of befriending Kogi to such an extend, that, as he claims, they called upon him to make a second film, this time about their Message To The World. Which is that we have to start taking care of our environment before it is too late, which will be pretty soon, or consequences will be irreversible.
That’s nothing new and, as some of us recall the revolutionary idea of one Margaret Thatcher, “Global Warming” is caused directly by products of coal burning, miners are bad people and so on. The name of her idea was upgraded to “Climate Change”, which is a scientific name given by politicians to something they do not understand. Whoever is right the problem remains and does not go away, otherwise the Earth will get angry and spit us out.
Kogi guys, with help of Alan, made their case very nicely and I am almost persuaded to their pitch that all changes are connected, up and down the stream running from the mountain. I also like what they say about generations, that the next ones are less and less clever than the older ones, but probably because I am old and this makes me feel good. Jokes aside, this film is an absolute must for anyone concerned with fate of humans on Earth, and not the Earth, because the Earth will survive, whatever we do. Trust me, I know.