UMATURKA The Call of the Water Documentary

The documentary UMATURKA - The Call of the Water follows the Aymara community of Quillacas, who continue to challenge the encroaching modern world and culture by performing the annual Umaturka ritual to call the clouds and rains following the dry season. UMATURKA serves as a memory of the Quillacas’ customs, culture and traditions that form part of the present, reality and life in the contemporary Andes. Giovanna Miralles and Dr. Peter Wilkin completed the different stages of production for the documentary with their own resources and are seeking support to cover the costs of image post-production. Luzmila Carpio, a North Potosi artist, singer, composer, former Bolivian Ambassador to France, contributed one of her songs for the documentary. 

This film is an important record of cultural heritage and memory of an ancient Andean ritual of the South American plateau; performed to keep the delicate balance between the life of the community and the harsh environment. 

This is your opportunity to help to finish this documentary to show one of the facets of Latin American culture, enabling Andean culture and tradition to reach a wider audience.

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Next opportunity to watch the trailer will be at the event organised by the Anglo-Bolivian Society on the 11th of November 2015. Please follow the link for more information: