Laura Huertas Millán
The elaboration ritual of a green coca powder (called mambe or 'Jiíbie') unveils an ancestral myth of kinship. In the Muiná-Muruí Amazonian community, the coca plant is not a product, but a sacred interlocutor, the beating heart of a collective body.
“Laura Huertas Millán turns her ethnographic eye to the relationship between the Muiná-Muruí community and the coca plant. The film is primarily interested in the process by which the powder – ‘Jíibie’ – is created, and the rhythmic, ritualistic nature of this process. By focusing on this element, which seems to speak from a deeper past, Huertas Millán collapses the distance between the viewer and the distinct engagement the Muiná-Muruí have with the world around them. The idea of a spiritual entity formed of the coca becomes a tangible possibility and reframes our thinking about how we encounter the natural world.”
— Ben Nicholson