a perfect storm | # 2 Of Rivers and Trees

Thursday, 13 October 2022, 7.30 pm, diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

Films by
Juan Carlos Galeano
with an introduction by
Eric Macedo

The Amazon basin is a place of extensive exploitation, deforestation, and urbanization, all of which continue to affect and transform the livelihoods and lifestyles of many human and nonhuman communities that depend on its ecosystem. The poet and teacher Juan Carlos Galeano’s two documentary films El Río (The River, 2018) and The Trees Have a Mother (2008) capture the stories, languages, and beliefs of different people living around the city of Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon. Fishermen, shamans, and other characters tell stories about how they rely on the river and the forest not only for their material sustenance, which is increasingly at risk, but also for their sense of social and cultural belonging.

The Trees Have a Mother, 2008, 71 minutes, English, portions in other languages with English subtitles subtitles

El Río (The River), 2018, 58 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles


Pandemic: The event will be held in accordance with current COVID-19 regulations. The room is equipped with air filtration devices, but given the persistent viral situation, we would also like to ask you, if possible, to test yourselves with a rapid test ahead of the event.