AWAVENA

By Lynette WALLWORTH

BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - as FEST

VR - AR - Completed 2018

A stunning tale of metamorphosis in the Brazilian Amazon, Awavena tells the story of Hushahu who broke an eons old taboo and became the first woman Shaman of the Yawanawa. Her transcendent visions, made visible to us in VR, helped to revive a culture and sparked a revolution, one that has resonances for us all.

Festivals
& Awards

IDFA 2018
Sundance 2018
Venice 2018
Festival de Cannes 2019
Cannes XR Arcade
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • VR - AR, True Story, Environmental
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE, Other
    • Duration
    • 17 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Lynette WALLWORTH
    • Producer(s)
    • Nicole NEWNHAM (Coco Films), Tashka YAWANAWA, Laura YAWANAWA
    • Synopsis
    • From legendary artist/director Lynette Wallworth and the Amazonian Yawanawa people, “Awavena” is a stunning tale of metamorphosis, and the second in a series of mixed-reality works by Lynette Wallworth and producer Nicole Newnham, following their Emmy-winning VR film “Collisions.”

      For the Amazonian Yawanawa, ‘medicine’ has the power to travel you in a vision to a place you have never been. Hushuhu, 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 is made at the invitation of, and in intimate collaboration with, the Yawanawa people during a time of both peril and potential for people, their forest, and the connected ecosystems that drive the planet. The film aims not to provoke empathy for the Yawanawa people but is rather a gift from them, to those who will virtually visit their forest and receive this transmission — a gift that can shift our consciousness, changing the way we perceive the world and the decisions we make.