Series: Living Heritage

The Andean Healer


A film by Richard Ladkani and Thomas Wartmann
© 2006 / 43 min (German+French) and 52 min (English) / Digi Beta / 16:9 / Stereo

The Bolivian nomadic healers of the Kallawaya people also call their country “Kallawaya” — the doctors´ land. Many famous medicine men were brought up here. Until this very day, the Kallawayas practice their ancient shamanian healing skills on their walk abouts through the entire area of South America. Their conception of the world that dates back to very ancient times even before the Inca Empire is a complex cosmology of myths, rituals and a profound knowledge on healing forces of plants, animals and minerals.

Aurelio, one of the last Andian healers, decides to instruct his oldest son Cerilo in the art of healing. However, not everyone has the gift to become a medicine man. Cerilo´s first long journey to the Inca stronghold on the Machu Picchu mountain will prove, whether Cerilo is meant to become one of the rare Kallawayan healers.

Awards and Festivals:
- Mountain Film Festival Domzale 2007 — Best Film in the Category "Nature and
- Mediterranean Environmental Award — Rome 2008



Written and directed by Richard Ladkani and Thomas Wartmann
Cinematography: Richard Ladkani
Editing: Verena Schönauer
Camera Assistant: Robert Ladkani
Sound: Roland Winkler
Sound mix: Hans R. Weiss
Music: Ludwig Eckmann, Winfried Zrenner
Production manager: Markus Breimaier
Production assistant: Anna Brass
Producer: Thomas Wartmann
Commissioning editor: Ulrike Becker, SWR

A coproduction of Filmquadrat & Südwestrundfunk
in collaboration with ARTE.

Supported by the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern.

Special thanks to the UNESCO.


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