Meraya is an audiovisual poetic journey that shows Shipibo-Konibo visions from an indigenous logic; letting the natural and free expression of ancestral wisdom flow. Beyond purely anthropological documentaries, there are few films that relate to Shipibo experiences, and Meraya is one of them.
The proposal developed by Director Pedro Favaron introduces the viewer into the Amazon through the intertwining of fundamental art and everyday practices of Shipibo civilization: kené patterns and textile craft, and an understanding and profound respect for the forest and its beings (earthly and spiritual). These elements relate to equilibrium and to the ordered beauty of connecting.
As part of its visual and narrative landscapes, Meraya has several layers of sonority. Ikaros, or ayahuasca chants, and the forest, with its birds, rivers, rain, plants, and myriad animals, are all intermingled with Fred Clarke Álvarez’s delicate musical arrangements and compositions. This juxtaposition creates a primeval and contemporary view of Shipibo-Konibo culture in which there are no voice-overs nor animations; rather, experience at its raw.