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 films received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, MacDowell Colony, The Yaddo Corporation, Campus Latino - Documentary Campus, European Cultural Academy (Venice Biennale Sessions), Global Campus of Human Rights, IBERMEDIA Fund and the Carolina Foundation Residency for screenwriters.
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), Akademie der Kunst, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Germany), 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 (USA), NYU (USA), King's College London (England), Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands), the 64th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (Open Society Foundations), American Anthropological Association, Society for Visual Anthropology, Latin American Studies Association (LASA), European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference, etc.