West Coast Premiere

DOCUMENTARY SORT | Colombia | 11 MINUTES | Spanish

The Music of the Wiwa People

The Wiwa is an indigenous people living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. This short film explores the musical practices of the Wiwa Community of Gotsezhy. Wiwa music is directly related nature, spirituality and healing. According to Wiwa mythology, their ancestral musical practices ensure harmony and well-being among all living beings by restoring order in the universe. The Wiwa live in remote villages of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta with limited influence from the outside world, holding on to their cultural and religious traditions. Although most members of this community learn Spanish in a small village school, the language of everyday communication is still their Wiwa language (damana). Their villages are part of a larger network of indigenous communities in this area and are largely self-sustaining.


Directed by Michael Brims, Jaime Bofil

Michael Brims is a documentary filmmaker & video artist from
Germany living in Houston, Texas. He is also an associate professor for Art, Communication & Digital Media Studies at the University of Houston Clear Lake. His documentary work focuses on Latin American musical traditions and as aspects of sustainability.

Jaime Bofill is a musicologist and an assistant professor at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. His research focuses on Latin American music and the relationship between sound, music and environment.


Michael Brims, Jaime Bofil


Jaime Bofill

Program Six


Monday, November 14

Screening: 7:00 to 8:00

Lumiere Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


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