Bismillah. From Alan Ereira:
I’m writing to update you on the new Kogi film, in the hope that you might be able to make a helpful suggestion. I’m sending this to everyone on the mailing list, and it’s probably completely inappropriate to send it to you, but I don’t think I should pre-judge that by leaving you out. So I apologise for annoying you with it if I am just wasting your time.
In April, the Kogi Mamas summoned me back to Colombia and, in a very remarkable meeting high on their mountain, said that the global situation has deteriorated massively and they are now really certain that the world will die unless we change our behaviour. In particular, they spoke about the role of sacred sites in managing the care of nature and the environment, something they say we cannot understand and which they must now demonstrate. They insist that their “spiritual” activities at these sites have visible material results at locations far from the sites themselves, and they want to demonstrate this.
Almost simultaneously I was told that the BBC want to commission Bruce Parry (“Tribe”, “Amazon”) to make a film with the Kogi, and the company they are commissioning, Indus Films, asked if I could help this happen. I took Bruce to the Kogi and they agreed. Filming has to start at the beginning of January and the programme transmitted before the next financial year.The budget is £270k, and the BBC have offered £180k, which Indus hope to push up to £200k, for UK transmission rights. So we could possibly make it work if we can sell rest-of-the-world TV rights, and whole world DVD and theatric rights, for £70k. I am now thrashing around looking for a distributor whose heart is in the right place and pocket deep enough.
It’s a 1-hour film, but we will shoot enough to make a longer version for cinema release if anyone wants that.
Any thoughts most gratefully received.
Tairona Heritage Trust
90 Summerlee Avenue
London N2 9QH