Welcome to the Ecuadorian jungle frontier: a land on the edge between ever-progressing western civilization, indigenous culture and overwhelming nature. Here, life is a relentless game of survival of the fittest. Even the Amazon rainforest is a protagonist with her own way of ghting back against intruders. Here lives Pakun Alfonso Chinkiun Tant – a man who has lost everything and become a refugee in his own country. And deeper into the forest, Domingo Ankuash – one of about 70 indigenous people living in hiding from the government.
THE SOUND OF TiiNK is a poetic, creative documentary constructed as a compilation of life situations in this inaccessible place that is as breathtaking as it is rough. The film unfolds around Tiink, the humble village center of the indigenous Shuar people, which is situated in the province of Morona-Santiago in southern Ecuador. Tiink is also the last destination more or less accessible by car before the jungle closes in on you. This whole area is currently under high pressure: In August 2016, the nearby Shuar community of Nankintz were forcefully removed from their rainforest homes by the military in an operation to clear the land for mineral exploitation. Some of them are now stuck in Tiink.
Directed by María Grazia Goya (EC)
Robin Petré (DK)
Producer Ilja Kok
Line producer Anjet Blinde
Produced by Copper Views in co-production with Ostinato Cine.
** EARLY PRODUCTION **