About Us

About Us

THE PROJECT

Amazonimations is a collaborative research project that brings together anthropologists, animators, artists and indigenous people living in the Amazon rainforest.

We are working together to produce animated films that are entirely scripted, narrated and illustrated by different generations of Amazonians, and through which they will tell their stories to the wider world.

Amazonimations is funded by the British Academy and the University of Bristol.

 

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

These are our key research objectives:

1) to explore how collaborative visual methods can help us understand radical processes of social change that are affecting people in Amazonia and beyond

2) to create a space where young Amazonians can discuss their everyday lives and the challenges they are facing amidst growing social, economic and political change

3) to conduct a collaborative, inclusive kind of research where participants are involved as active agents in the production of knowledge

4) to consider how joint production of art and animation can be used to promote inclusion and development

2018

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Juan Manquid Bina Canë

Juan Manquid moved to Iquitos when he was eighteen years old and now studies Anthropology at UNAP.
(National University of Peruvian Amazonia).

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Carlos Segundo Fasabi Jiménez

Carlos comes from the village of Añushy and now lives in Iquitos. He studies at UCP (Scientific University of Peru).

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Dina Jiménez Ëshco

Dina is a Lecturer in the University of Iquitos.

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Sophie Marsh

Sophie is a professional animator and film producer. She has worked for Aardman Animations and produced her own films for Channel 4. Sophie is the director of film production and lead animator in the Amazonimations project, and she’s been teaching stop-motion animation to Matses children in the rainforest.

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Camilla Morelli

Camilla is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Bristol. She has worked with Matses people since 2010, specifically with children and young people, and her research uses collaborative visual methods to examine social change.

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Cindi Tupa Nacua Jiménez

Cindi grew up in the village of Estirón, and now works in Iquitos.

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Gilber Necca Pëmen Sedeyuqui

Gilber grew up in the village Buenas Lomas Nueva and moved to Iqutios to explore the world of non-indigenous people. He is a soldier in the Peruvian Army and enjoys his city life.

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Roldán Dunú Tumi Dësi

Roldan grew up in the rainforest and moved to Iquitos after secondary school. He received a scholarship from the government to study Social Anthropology at UNAP, where he struggled at first because he didn’t speak Spanish and couldn’t even understand his lectures. But now Roldan is top of his class and his course-mates always ask him for help, and he has a dream: to do a PhD in Anthropology in the UK. We are working together to make that dream come true!

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Willy Silvano Vela

Willy grew up in a forest village and when he moved to Iquitos, he couldn’t speak Spanish and would only get precarious, low-paid jobs. Now he is studying in a local college that will allow him to obtain a better job in the admin He spends his free time with his wife and their little daughter.

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Guillermo Nëcca Pëmen Mënquë

Guillermo is a Matses artist. He developed a passion for drawing when he was a child and started colouring using forest soil. Now he works for the Ministry of Education in Peru. He is the lead artist and artistic director of Amazonimations.