Iwianch, the Devil Deer

91 mins.
Directed by José Cardoso
NR
Spanish, Shuar, Achuar w/subs
2021

Presented in partnership with the Dept. of Anthropology and the Dept. of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at UMass Amherst.

Featuring a post-screening conversation betwen Ph.D. Student Fu-Yu Chang and Director José Cardoso, who joins us by Zoom.


An enigmatic presence haunts the depths of the Amazon rainforest, where an indigenous Achuar teenager has disappeared. During the search for the young man, his family decides to consult with a Shaman, who, immersed in trance, reveals that the young man was taken by the devil, but that he has intervened by showing him the way back to his home.

While waiting for his return, secrets of the rainforest and Amazonian visions of life after death are explored, vanishing the documentary filmmaker's concepts of reality.