HDPERU is an indigenous film collective founded by filmmaker brothers Alvaro and Diego Sarmiento. We produce documentaries focused on the defense of native peoples’ rights and environmental justice in the Andes and the Amazon of Peru.
GREEN RIVER. THE TIME OF THE YAKURUNAS (2017) our feature debut premiered at the 67 Berlin Film Festival and the MoMA Doc Fortnight. The documentary is a poetic journey into the depths of the Amazon which explores the perception of time in three small villages.
MOTHERS OF THE LAND (2019), our second feature documentary premiered at the 69 Berlin Film Festival, United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues, Arte France TV and RAI Italia TV. The film is related to food security, resilience, inclusive economies, and women farmer’s adaptive capacities facing climate change difficulties in the Andes.
In 2020, HDPERU won the Berlinale Talents Footprints - Mastercard Enablement Programme award, having Wim Wenders as president of the jury, with “The Seed Project”. Thanks to this prize, we screened the film MOTHERS OF THE LAND at schools in rural communities in the Peruvian Andes.
Our documentaries have been screened at the United Nations, the UNESCO, and museums such as the MoMA, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, American Museum of Natural History (USA), Deutsche Kinemathek, Akademie der Kunst, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Germany), Eye Filmmuseum (The Netherlands), National Film Museum of Turin (Italy), Casa de las Americas (Spain), Shanghai Long Museum (China), the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, among others.
And academic events at UC Berkeley, NYU, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, King's College London, Universiteit Leiden, the 64th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (Open Society Foundations), Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA), American Anthropological Association (AAA), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), EASA Biennial Conference (EASA), etc.