The Spirit Of The Ancestors

  • 8.7 10
  • 2015
  • 62min
The Spirit Of The Ancestors
  • Original Title: Te Kuhane o te tupuna,/ El Espíritu de los Ancestros

After being deprived of an ancient totem more than a hundred years ago, an indigenous family of the Easter Island sets out on a journey to a European museum to recover this relic of their people.

The Spirit Of The Ancestors

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Valdivia International Film Festival/ Imaginative Film and Media Arts Festival/ Arica Nativa Festival/ Chiloe Documentary Film Festival/ International Indigenous Film Festival Wallmapu/ Pasifika Film Fest

The Spirit of the Ancestors. The magical totem of Easter Island

More than a hundred years ago, the indigenous inhabitants of Easter Island saw their most mythical ancestral treasure depart: an iconic carving called Moia Hoa Haka Nana'ia.

Since then, the relic has been exhibited in various museums around the world, but has never been returned to its territory of origin.

The problem is that, in the cosmogony of the Rapanui people, the Moia Hoa Haka Nana'ia contains the Mana, a vital essence for these people, who say they are losing their spiritual connection.

Indigenous director Leonardo Pakarati leads us along with his family in this adventure to recover the Moia Hoa Haka Haka Nana'ia from their European captors. The goal is to recover it, although the most important purpose is to tell this story to the new generations.

Leo Pakarati
Leo Pakarati Director

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Mahatua Producciones

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