Traditional Knowledge - Mapuche Medicine meets Modernity at the San Diego Latino Film Festival
For close to two decades, Proyecto ACCESO has worked with indigenous communities. We helped train the first indigenous unit of the Public Defenders Office in Temuco, Chile. We helped with citizen education and traditional justice with the President's Representative for the Constituent Assembly and we worked with the ILO and Swiss aid agency to help educate Guaraní people stuck in indentured servitude in the maze of jungle haciendas.
Our newest contribution to indigenous rights and promotion of sustainable development is our Traditional Knowledge project. The film "Pu Ruka Lawen" ("Traditional Knowledge: Mapuche Medicine Meets Modernity") was selected to compete in the San Diego Latino Film Festival. The film was sponsored by UNESCO and the Chilean Ministry of Social Development. The screening, on March 13, 2016, saw a huge turnout and much attention. Please see some photos below.
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The film was also used as a backdrop for a discussion at the Latin American Institute at UCLA, an event sponsored by the Chilean Consulate of Los Angeles.
It has been an excelente showcase for the movie. This events alow us to show these topics outside our countries. We will continue showing this good example on creating ways to talk between our first nations and what we want to be as modern citizens.
Here the trailer: