In the Lap of Pacha Mama, Bhootali, Mother Earth| 25mins
Director: Community Media Trust | Producer: Community Media Trust
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: India
This film describes a farmer-to-farmer exchange in which a group of eight farmers from the Deccan drylands of Andhra Pradesh, India travelled to Peru to share their knowledge with, and learn from, indigenous peoples in the Andes. In Peru, they moved along the trails of the Inca civilization and marveled at the wild and domesticated biodiversity nurtured by their hosts - the Kechua Amaraya communities of the Potato Park in the province of Cusco. The farmers from Andhra Pradesh also participated in the women-controlled barter markets in the Lares mountains and the worship of Pacha Mama. Each of these experiences helped deepen their spiritual bond with the earth and broaden their understanding of the concept of non-monetary affluence. In turn, the small farmers from Andhra Pradesh shared their knowledge on how to document and record indigenous knowledge on biodiversity using Community Biodiversity Registers, both written and filmed. There was also a rich exchange of experience and know-how between the film-makers of the Andean and the Deccan communities. The Indian farmers and Andean indigenous peoples engaged in a cross-cultural dialogue to explore better ways of protecting their rich traditional knowledge. They agreed to continue exchanging and working together in the future to defend their rights.