My name is Jack, I am a photographer and filmmaker living in New York City. In 2010, my mother Iva, my girlfriend Julie, our friend Katherine, and I were invited to accompany Lorenzo, a high Andean priest (or paqo),
back to his homeland of Qeros in a remote part of the Peruvian Andes. This was something unprecedented, something that has never before been offered to anyone to enter with cameras and film the sacred initiation ceremonies, or karpays, of
these famously reclusive people.
Qero are a culture that lives with deep connections to the workings of Mama Pacha (Mother Earth), and Pacha Mama, who is the Cosmic Mother; their traditions are thousands
of years old. In the 1500s, when the Spanish invaded, the Qero returned to
their homeland in a high, isolated part of Peru to escape and they remained
there, maintaining their traditions. With no
connection to the outside world, time basically stood still for the Qero.
this unchartered adventure taken through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and
culminating in a journey on foot and horseback to Qeros, we were introduced to the Apus the spirits of the sacred mountains of Peru,
considered to be the most powerful of all nature spirits. Most importantly, we were invited into the Qeros ancient rituals of the karpays, a series of ceremonies
that are a bestowal of power of the ancient lineage. As we experienced these often rigorous ceremonies, we were reconnecting to the ancestors and the elements: the stars,
wind, water, lake, moon, the sun, and the Incas.
On our Journey we discovered the real reason these famously shy and humble people unexpectedly opened their doors to us: we had to become qualified to deliver a message the Q'ero urgently want to share with a western world they feel is in great peril. We returned home
carrying this message, which, as 2012 approaches, may be one of the
most important messages our struggling planet can receive. This is why they asked us to make this film, and why we need your help to finish.
What We Need & What You Get
We have over 80 hours of footage gathered on two High-Def cameras from our journey. We have a very rough first cut of the movie put together, but now we just need to raise money to finish editing the movie. So far we have funded this movie entirely by ourselves, but now it is time to reach out and ask for help. We need to raise approximately $30,000 to finish the movie, but are asking Indiegogo for $15,000 to finish editing the movie. We are actively investigating other funding sources to help us with the rest, which includes sound mixing, color correcting, and marketing costs.
As thanks to those who help us here on Indiegogo, we have access to many beautiful hand woven textiles made by Lorenzo and his family. The Q'ero (along with ourselves) are seen wearing and using these textiles throughout the film. These special textiles are handmade from the wool of alpaca and llamas and are instilled with the essence of the mountains, and were traditionally used by the Q'ero as a form of currency.
We buy these textiles directly from our Q'ero friends in Peru, and so contributing to our movie not only helps us, but also supports the Lorenzo and his family as it gives them a chance to sell some of their amazing textiles. We have Hats (chullos), Bags (bolsos), Scarves, Ceremonial Mesas, and Ponchos.
Don Lorenzo and Don Isidro in their Ch'ullos and Ponchos laying out coca leaves on a Mesa
Other Ways You Can Help
If you believe in our project please help us anyway you can, even if its just $5. Help us get the word out by reposting this on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social media. By helping us out to reach our goal we believe that we will all truly benefit from the message we have been asked by the Q'ero to tell the world.