Rio Arriba [Upriver]

A film by Felipe Castelblanco (HD, 14:00)

2018 – 2020

Upriver is a two-channel film that follows a journey up the Putumayo River in the Colombian Pan Amazon region, revealing a vertical landscape with planetary resonance where indigenous resistance, trees, soils, clouds, light, and shadow inter-exist. Departing from the Siona territory in the lower Amazon at 300 M.A.S.L to the Quillacinga territory in the highlands of the Colombian Andes at 3000 M.A.S.L, this film takes the viewer along a meandering river that cuts across territories in dispute. It is here where overlapping sovereignties emerge and extractive industries clash with human and non-human communities resisting violence across this vertical axis of power and occupation.

“Geopolitics is a flat discourse […] territorial claims marked on maps assume that claims are applicable simultaneously above them and below”

– Eyal Weizmann