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- WAKHAN -
2013, 118min, color HD.
Winner at RVCQ 2014 ( CANADA ) for best first or second documentary.
Official Selection and Coup de coeur at Etonnants Voyageurs Festival 2015 ( France)
"Wakhan could be described as a psychedelic documentary, the viewer is left with an unforgettable whiff of the uncanny, with the sense that he has been given a privileged look at what it really going on, and that he is the walrus. Varial’s film is at once minimalist and epic, self-effacing and audacious. It defies the conventions and pushes the envelope of documentary film-making, which the genre badly needs, particularly in Canada, where it is taken so seriously that a certain stodginess has set in".
Alex Shoumatof, Vanity Fair and New Yorker explorer writer.
A Feature Movie Presented by The Nature Conservancy;
2015, 26 min. Spanish. English and French Subtitles.
This documentary film chronicles the impacts of climate change and deforestation on the indigenous communities who live in and around the Mayan Forest in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and their efforts to both combat it and adapt to it. The film captures stirring images and interviews emotionally depicting the toll that changing rain patterns have had on the Mayans, forcing them to adapt their planting practices and, in some cases, migrate to cities. But the story is one of hope, as we see the communities taking action with their own hands on their own lands to implement improved productive practices that both reduce deforestation and improve resilience.
This film brings the voices of the Mayan communities of the Yucatan Peninsula to the COP21 in PARIS 2015 in order to increase awareness about how climate change is affecting indigenous communities and what those communities are doing about it.
- CONTACTED TRIBES -
In production - 2014-2015 / ECUADOR / Multiplatform Documentary / Photo - Film - Installations
The case of Bameno people describes a place among others, where men live in community, and where animals, plants and life revolve, forming a lush microcosm. The Waorani clan of the Kamperi are indigenous of the Amazon. They are at the heart of centuries long struggles to protect the Amazon, their territory, the OMÉ, and their way of life. However, the nature of this struggle has changed since relationships between this family history and the outside “history” have also evolved. context of producing this very content? In the same vein, Internet is likely to be soon available in the community of Bameno , which would open up other potential perspectives ...
- A UNIVERSAL MESSAGE -
9 min - Color
Featuring Mendahi Bastida, produced by Edith Soto, this short film delivers a powerful message for humanity.
" The time has come for us,
it is a great opportunity,
We are all woven, intertwined,
and it is time to call humanity to unity,
not to homogeneous unity,
but to unity in diversity.
And diversity is a beauty..."
- PORTRAITS OF THE WAKHAN -
25 min - installation - black&white
This installation is made of 25 black and white video portraits of wakhi villagers shot in Kret, Afghanistan. It is a vibrant and intimate encounter experience that embarks the viewer into an emotional and silent confrontation. Pride, smiles, shyness and self derision mirror the commonly preconceived perception of Afghan people.
- KASHCH GOZ -
8min - black&white - 2 parts
Shot in two plans séquence in Kashch Goz, Kyrgyze village of the Wakhan corridor in Afghanistan, this video installation embarks the viewer into an onirical journey where war, history, tribal structure, and child games collide. Edited in black and white, rouglhy cut, on a Sun Ra Arkestra jazz piece, “Kashch Goz” is a intriguing, memorable and disturbing experience of anthropological documentary.
FLYING THE ANDES
Pilot - 26 minutes
6 minutes - 2013
SUITCASE ON THE LOOSE
A free-wheeling travel show to the last vanishing edens and
farthest corners of the world by Alex Shoumatoff – creator, writer, host.
“Consistently the farthest-flung of the New Yorker’s far-flung correspondents" - The New York Times
“One of our greatest storytellers” - Graydon Carter, Editor, Vanity Fair
TEASER BEHIND THE SCENE WAKHAN
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