Medicine Festival Update
28 June 2020
What a wonderful fund raising event we had on 24th June!
The Medicine Festival streamed our film Aluna on their website for 24 hours on that day starting at 12 noon and Alan Ereira and Mama Senchina took part in a fund raising online discussion exploring Kogi culture in the context of the current pandemic at 8 pm which ran for a record breaking 3 hours!
Mama Senchina is half Kogi half Wiwa and helps take care of an ezuama in the paramo on the outskirts of Bogota from where he joined in the discussion. He was accompanied by Trustee Falk Parra Witte and Esteban, one of his followers who helped to translate. The Mama is keen to preserve Kogi culture and in particular has been looking into the history of the ancient Muiska people who are culturally related to the Kogi. He has been reviving some of their music so the evening was interspersed with a number of traditional songs and musical interludes.
The event was chaired by actress Oona Chaplin, (Avatar), the grand-daughter of film star Charlie Chaplin, who is a long time supporter of the Kogi people and our film Aluna and she is a keen advocate of indigenous rights. Also taking part was Anthar Kharana a a Colombian musician and sound healer.
At the moment the Kogi have retreated into the Sierra for their own safety in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic in Colombia so they are cut off from some of their farms and therefore short of some basic foodstuffs and medical supplies so we wanted to raise as much money as possible to help them get through this difficult period. We launched our own campaign a couple of weeks ago so the evening was a great opportunity to increase our reach and appeal to a new audience.
Over 400 people registered for the Zoom session. 190 logged on and 172 participated throughout with 111 still online in the 3rd hour! In addition there were 100 watching on social media and there were 3.7k viewings at the end of the zoom session. Yesterday there were 300 people watching Aluna on the Medicine festival website. So a big thank you to all our colleagues at the festival who made this evening possible. It was obviously a huge success.
Donations to the campaign came in throughout the evening and continue to come in. If you would like to donate please click on any of the donate buttons on the site.
You can also help by getting the word out. Please check out our social media platforms and share the posts that the Kogi need aid right now. Links to our social media are at the top of the page.
The edited version of the Zoom evening will be uploaded here soon so you can watch again and do encourage others to do the same!
Message all your friends now! Let's keep those funds coming in!