“An exciting immersion in Peruvian culture and the history of a country.” —Peruvian Film Festival of Paris

The world has long been fascinated with the Amahuaca people who live in a remote area of the Peruvian Amazon. In the early 1960s, Anthropologists Robert Carneiro and Gertrude Dole from the American Museum of Natural History, the photographer Cornell Capa and a writer Matthew Huxley all visited the Amahuaca in the first evangelical mission established for Amahuaca people.  Amahuaca people’s move into the mission initiated a dramatic decades-long transition from living in small isolated villages to permanent communities where they attend school, participate in church services and organize around new leaders. This moment was captured in the book, ‘Farewell to Eden,’ published in 1964, which predicted the Amahuaca would disappear in the face of increasing contact with the outside world.

Yet in 2015, the Amahuaca created their own Indigenous Cultural Heritage Center and formed a new indigenous political federation to defend themselves against outside threats and fight for better education and healthcare. ‘Amahuaca Siempre’ follows three generations of Amahuaca as they reflect on the past, navigate the complexities of life in modernizing Amazonia and fight for a sustainable future. Drawing on archival materials and footage of Amahuaca people’s ongoing struggles, the film explores themes of memory, transformation, cultural heritage, and collective resilience — issues that many indigenous peoples grapple with today

Watch the trailer here:

The film was made possible through financial support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, as well as many generous individuals who donated funds and gave time and support.

For more information about the film and the team please contact us at, AmahuacaSiempre@gmail.com