The River of the Kukamas

(El Río de los Kukamas)


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English: Being born from the Spirit of the river, Kukama people have a special connection with the water. The river shrinks and grows throughout the year, affecting the lives of its citizens. Filmed at its widest state at the end of the rain season, we learn the cosmology of this disappearing culture in Peru.

Español: Nacidos del espíritu del río, los Kukama tienen una conexion especial con el agua. El río se encoge y crece a lo largo del año, afectando la vida de sus ciudadanos. Filmado en su estado más amplio al final de la temporada de lluvias, nos enteramos de los retos que enfrentan las personas de Kukama hoy.

Latest news:​​​​​​

  • Online screening in Paraguay  - Environmental FF y Derechos Humanos, Nov 23-Dec 2, 2020

  • Online screenings across South America through FINCA, Nov 9-23, 2020

  • Film is available online to Russia and Eastern Europe through

  • 40+ film festivals in over 20 countries!

Awards and Recognition

  • Best International Short Film at FINCA, Argentina

  • Best Cinematography Award at the 23rd Ecological "To Save and Preserve" film festival, Russia

  • Honorable Mention at the 60th Rochester International Film Festival

  • Honorable Mention at the Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara, Colombia


  • Genre: documentary, indigenous, female filmmaker, environmental, young audiences

  • Film by: Nika Belianina

  • Year:  2018 

  • Length: 07:16

  • Country of production: Peru

  • Language: Spanish, Kukama, with English subtitles

  • Produced by: Write.Right Films 

  • For more info please contact write.right @


Past screenings

History of the film

The director was invited to spend a month in the house of Yrapakatun Association along with 10 other artists from around the world. It was the first ever artist residence program in Peru. With no running water, overcrowded work space, intense humidity and very limited translation services, Belianina’s equipment decided to break down. Originally set to make a completely different film, she turned the remaining gear onto the water and, being a one-woman team, found calmness through creation of “The River of the Kukamas”.

The film reminds us of the intricate relationships humans establish with the land and water. It includes deep understanding of its resources, collected throughout the centuries.

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