In this episode of Global Spirit, host Phil Cousineau speaks with BBC filmmaker Alan Ereira about his beautiful, sobering documentary: From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers’ Warning. This poignant film carries a strong warning from a remote South American tribe that cautions us, the “younger brothers”, to give up our self-destructive ways and honor the planet, before it is too late. After four centuries of seclusion, the Kogi, considered to be the last surviving pre-Colombian civilization, asked filmmaker Ereira to visit their homeland in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern Colombia. From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers’ Warning delivers their prophetic message to the industrialized world. Seeing themselves as guardians of life on earth, the Kogi have a profound spiritual understanding of the bond between humankind and the natural world – a bond that, they insist, must be respected. This powerful film stands as an especially cogent and moving plea for ecological wisdom.
An award-winning documentary radio producer and filmmaker specializing in historical subjects, Alan Ereira, director of From the Heart of the World, worked for the BBC from 1965 and set up his own independent company Sunstone Films in 1992. He has also written a number of history books as well as a book about the making of From the Heart of the World. In recent years he has been closely associated with Terry Jones, and they have been making films and writing books together. Alan lives in London and Paris.
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