JCU PhD student creates a short documentary made entirely in Murui, a language spoken in a small part of the Amazon

@JCU JCU PhD student creates a short documentary made entirely in Murui, a language spoken in a small part of the Amazon

Recently, filmmaker Kristian Lupinski and PhD student at LCRC (Language and Culture Research Centre, the Cairns Institute) Kasia Wojtylak released Murui Filmmakers - Murui Joreño Otɨno, a short documentary made entirely in Murui, a language spoken in northwestern parts of the Amazon by about 1,000 people (southern Colombia and northern Peru).

Murui Filmmakers features Lucio 'Choma' Agga Botyay, one of the Murui film students from a Murui village, Tercera India, in Colombia. In the film, Lucio discusses the importance of documentation of his people's disappearing traditions, language, and the traditional way of life.

The film was made possible by a 2015 grant Kasia Wojtylak and Kristian Lupinski received from the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research. Between October 2015 and February 2016, not only have members of the Tercera India community learnt how to make their own films, they also lead the production of a full feature documentary Our Murui words - Kaɨ Murui Uai.

The full feature is currently being edited and is due to be released mid-2017.

Murui Filmmakers available at: https://youtu.be/SJT68R4QUw0

For more information on the project, email: muruifilm@gmail.com