Scene from the film The Silence of the River
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The Silence of the River

  • Peru
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Juan, a 9 year-old Peruvian boy, lives with his silent dad in a floating house on the breathtaking Amazon River. This idyllic background sets an allegorical journey into the rainforest jungle, where nature, gender, truth and all things begin to reveal the identity of his dad.

Director's Statement: I believe cinema must be a weapon to visualize stories with a social conscious message. My work is halfway between fiction and documentary. I look for the poetry of reality. In this sense, I like to craft oniric universes where dreams and reality merge creating an atemporal timeline. Also, nature plays an important role for me: Nature must reveal the true identity of my characters as an omniscient witness. In that manner, my characters are deeply connected with the space they live in. The space becomes a psychosomatic reflection of their inner world.


  • Original title
    El Silencio del Rio
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Christian Valera
  • Editing
    Gino Moreno
  • Music
    Karin Zielinski
  • Duration
    14 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Peru
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • ​​Berlinale Generation 2020, Germany - World Premiere is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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