The Ramirez family, who are originally from La Laguna Seca, in the state of Jalisco, along with the elders of the Wixarika territory of San Andrés Cohamiata, requested us to make the documentary, and offered to show the world the intimacy of their ceremonies and the urgency of protecting this millennial dialogue with nature.
José Luis “Urramuire” Ramirez, star of the documentary, is a marakame, spiritual guide and healer, musician and artist who has guided his family and his people faithfully, guarding the ancestral heritage of their culture and worldview transmitted from generation to generation. Playing his instruments and sharing his songs, he has traveled many places carrying the message that allows all people to return to the path of respect and harmony with life.
The Ramirez family is formed by Jose Luis Ramirez “Orramuire,” Maria Teresa “Turama,” Clemente “Uweni Temai,” Enrique, Carmela, Graciela, Roberto Ignacio,, Jose, Daisy, Fran, Azael and Eliasar, and an extended family filled with light and song.
“We as a family have an important responsibility to our people and our culture. That is why we asked that this movie be made. For you to understand the importance of our sacred sites, such as Wirikuta. Thank you, Universe.”
Is an anthropology and communications Major. Since the mid 80´s she has dedicated her career to research and work with indigenous cultures, particularly with the Raramuri (Tarahumara) of northern Mexico. During the 90´s she began working with multimedia productions and digital narratives and now has an extensive portfolio of productions of digital solutions and educational multimedia programs and scientific and cultural promotion. She has ample experience directing interdisciplinary work teams, during the production of audiovisual content for release in emerging media. Most recently she has specialized as well in the promotion of Ibero-American cinema.
“The Wixárika people are asking us to take charge and that is what we are doing with this film. I believe in the movies as a powerful medium to change our ways”
Hernan studied film making in Argentina and Cuba. During the last decade, he directed TV commercials, musical videos and documentaries in Latin America and Europe. He specialized in the filming of indigenous people and ancestral ceremonies worldwide, has worked with the Australian Aborigines of the Arnhem Land, the Pigmy people of Batwa in Uganda, the Taquileños of Lake Titicaca, the Waoranis and Shipibos of the Amazon, the Wixáritari of Mexico, the Mentawai of the Siberut Island, the Diolas of the Sengal and the massive celebrations of the Kumph Mela in India and the Yemanjá in Bahía in Brazil.
He currently shoots independent documentaries and produces his own international content for the successful series “The strictest parents in the world” (Kabel Eins, Germany), Job Change (SRF, Switzerland) and a new project for Red Bull: Wild Men.
“Making this film was not my choice. I was asked to do it by the Wixaritari elders, in a language I did not understand, but with a powerful force that has sealed my way up until today.”
Originally from Chiapas, studied Communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, at the same time that he began his career at Red Bull Mexico working in the areas of marketing and communication. Upon completion of his professional training, he directed for Red Bull, the first Mexican product in stereoscopic 3D for TV in the iconic competition “Baja 1000”.
As director and film photographer he has worked on video clips, TV commercials, TV series, documentaries, and short films. He has collaborated professionally with recognized companies, as well as with different international brands like Resistol, Red Bull, Vans, Televisa, National Geographic, etc. The pursuit of his personal development led him to create and photograph various audiovisual products with high social content (migrants, zapatismo, popular movements, etc).
In 2014 he was accepted to study in a masters program in filmmaking, within the recognized “American Film Institute” conservatory. In May of that year, he released his first featured film as director of photography, “Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians.”
“Participating in this film has been a great lesson in life and death, which I am very grateful to have.”
Musician and producer, he began playing Bass before exploring all string instruments and finally focusing on Cello. At 20 years old he went to Europe to start his professional career with a Cello-Piano duo that performed contemporary music from Piazzola, Satie and Gismonti. Once settled in Barcelona he began work with the successful 08001 Project. They had a successful album and festival tour at such festivals as the Sonar Festival, Pop de Europe, BAM and Actual Festival. These tours allowed him to play during the span of two years in places such as Spain, Germany, Portugal, France, Italy and Slovakia. He currently composes and plays his own compositions with the Gas-Lab project, as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians and also with commissioned work.
“It makes me feel very good to be a part of the project because of what it means culturally and ecologically. Defending an ancestral culture and its natural heritage seems to me something dignifying and necessary in this era”
Artist and illustrator, he is eclectically thought in digital animation during his five year stay in Barcelona. Since 2004 he has specialized and it is self thought in the advance use of design, 2D and 3D animation programs such as 3D Max, Maya, VRay, Real Flow and after effects, Photoshop and others.
Already working as a professional in the field of digital special effects, he currently works also in composition and animation.
He has worked for renowned studios such as Punga, Illusion Studios, Superstudio, RDYA and Conrad Caine as well as projects for MTV, Nike, TN, Nat Geo, FOX sports and others.
“These types of productions are the ones that the world really needs to open its eyes from a long sleep. It is a true privilege to participate in this message from the Wixárika people to the world ad it is a pleasure to know that there are people that, assigned by their ancestors, are awakening humanity”
Geni Expósito Geni Expósito studied art, photography and design in Buenos Aires. During the last few years she directed two tech magazines in Argentina (PC World and Internet World). She worked in Miami coordinating and managing branding for tech companies from Latin America. Her compatible fields are: Technology and Environment / Social Design / Branding / Public Sector / Coordinating of creative teams. Currently she is responsible for branding and design in TECtv (tectv.gob.ar), the first public channel in Argentina dedicated to the popularization of science and technology.
Gustavo González Roth studied Visual Communication and Photography. He worked in Florida in graphic production for tech companies. He studied with the 2.0 tools and the “mobile” concept of technology in Barcelona and Vigo in 2009. He produced two weekly cable shows for four years in Argentina. He currently is a designer and graphic producer and works independently.
“To conjugate two Cosmogonies in Graphics and to know this cause is what inspired our work”
Journalist and freelance photographer, specializing in environmental issues, indigenous rights and travel. She has served as Editor of theHouston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News, among others. Her work has appeared in e has participated as a journalist and editor of a lot of newspapers and magazines such as the Washington Post, USA Today, National Geographic Traveler en Español, Esquire Latin America and the Dallas Morning News. She serves as a collaborator and member of the Editorial Board of Intercontinental Cry, a magazine devoted to indigenous struggles. She currently lives in Guadalajara and writes for El Daily Post, among others.
“We are in a moment when indigenous people around the world are under siege as they fight to protect their cultures and their territories. Their fight is everyone’s fight, and we must tell their stories and support them, before it’s too late.”