There is another world, but it is in this one.— W.B. YEATS

Hushuhu, Amazonian Yawanawa

About the film

For the Amazonian Yawanawa, 'medicine' has the power to travel you in a vision to a place you have never been. Hushahu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa, uses VR like medicine to open a portal to another way of knowing. AWAVENA is a collaboration between a community and an artist, melding technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction.

Awavena Technology

The Technology

Using technology that the Yawanawa feel enables them to share their story and their visions, this immersive work presents point cloud renditions and fluorescent specimens from the forest world, to create a vivid, luminous vision.


The Yawanawa

Awavena is made at the invitation of, and in intimate collaboration with, the Yawanawa during a time of both peril and potential for their people, their forest, and the connected ecosystems that drive the planet. The film aims not to provoke empathy for the Yawanawa but is rather a gift from them, to those who will virtually visit their forest and receive this transmission — a gift that they hope will shift our consciousness, changing the way we perceive the world and the decisions we make.


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About the Filmmaker, Lynette Wallworth

Lynette Wallworth is an acclaimed Australian artist and director whose immersive installations and films reflect connections between people and the natural world, as well as exploring fragile human states of grace.


Latest News

AWAVENA to premiere at 2018 Sundance Festival

We are thrilled to announce that AWAVENA is an official selection of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier program.