Our project : to film a documentary in the Impenetrable Chaco, a virgin region in the North of Argentina, that is well named : misterious, and very difficult to access. It is inhabited by aborigen groups, isolated from the world by elements and vegetation.
Our guide : Ashko Iana, a quechua indian who was born in the Impenetrable. Ashko's story is crossed by the same tragedies that … his region : deforestation, human trafficking...
Ashko knows this unique ecosystem, down to the last plant and insect. He used to live in the very heart of the forest, until the day the bulldozers came to destroyed it.
Panicked and cornered, Ashko jumped in the truck that was taking the trees away, without being seen. He had never before left the region, nor had he learned how to read yet, and only spoke quichua, the tongue of his people.
The truck took Asho and the dead trees to Buenos Aires' region, where he was discovered, beaten, and taken to a clandestine leather factory, to be one of a dozen slaves, working day and night.
After months of captivity, Ashko could run, and discovered the big nearby city of Buenos Aires. This is where I met him, and spoke to him for the first time. That is where I heard his story, and discovered that such stories happen everyday, thousand of kilometers away from Buenos Aires, in the silence and in the dark.
The ecosystem of the Impenetrable loses ground everyday to soy fields. The aborigen people who live there in extreme poverty, are removed, discriminated, and sometimes reduced to slavery without anyone listening to their calls. Too far away, too isolated from the cybernetic waves, these waves that today allow us to ask for your help.
Your help, to tell Ashko's story.
Your help to transmit a bit of his knowledge, the knowledge of nature and men.
Your help to show the natural and human marvels of the Impenetrable, that are in danger today.