Iwianch, the Devil Deer

An enigmatic presence haunts the depths of the Amazon rainforest, where an indigenous Achuar teenager has disappeared. During the search for the young man, his family decides to consult with a Shaman, who, immersed in trance, reveals that the young man was taken by the devil, but that he has intervened by showing him the way back to his home. While waiting for his return, secrets of the rainforest and Amazonian visions of life after death are touched, vanishing the documentary filmmaker’s concepts of reality.



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Selections and Awards

59th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Winner of Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker

United States
March 23, 2021
United States Premiere

42. Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano

La Habana
March 11, 2021
World Premiere
Latinoamérica en Perspectiva

33. edición de Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse

March 19, 2021
European Premiere 
Découvertes Documentaires (Documentary Discoveries)

10th POY Latam


9no. BioBioCine International Film Festival

June, 2021
Venas Abiertas Selection

XX EDOC Festival Encuentros del Otro Cine

July, 2021
Official Selection

4to Fincali – Festival de Cine Ambiental de Cali
Best Enviromental Latin American Film

August, 2021
Competition Pantalla Verde Latinoamérica

Production Funds Winner

ICCA (Ecuadorian Film Institute) – Postproduction Fund

Bolivia Lab – Postproduction advisory

CNCINE (Cinema Council of Ecuador) – Production Fund


《Iwianch, for the most part, feels like a real time tragedy… but Cardoso, manages to make this into an eerie tale of belief and disbelief, the known and the unknown.》

Harry Jones Under the Radar, magazine, Cinema Reviews, USA / LINK

《It’s at once documentary, investigative, horror, and cultural, not to mention that it is self-reflexive about the nature of stories and story-telling via myth and via film. A very unique, compelling, and interesting documentary!》

Kathy Susca The Film Collaborative films manager, USA

《Iwianch, the Devil Deer conveys such an immense depth of meaning through the story it tells and through the stories it shares. It is appreciated how the film resists the notion of a story as needing to be complete in order to communicate and remember. It is also appreciated how the film offers deep reverence to the Achuar Shuar peoples and their knowledge of the Amazon jungle and its history.》

Amir George True/False Film Fest programmer, USA

《Totally blown away by Iwianch, it breaks the medium itself.》

Stephen Cutler Public Enemy producer, USA

《At times I had a sci-fi feeling, like tuning into an old radio transmitter that was communicating with aliens.》

Veerendra Prasad Ann Arbor Film Festival programmer, USA

《It is as if the mythical universe had been transformed to the digital technology of images, which the Amazonian culture impregnated in the “western gaze”. That the images stopped being stable and univocal and that they open up to other dimensions, but not as a way to illustrate the Achuar culture and its myths, but it is as if the camera register has mutated.》

Ernesto Flomenbaum former programmer of the Mar del Plata Film Festival, Argentina

Iwianch, the Devil Deer has the ability to transport us to a whole unique and fantastic universe. It’s a beautiful piece of work.》

Antônio Augusto Valente content programmer of Globo Play, Brazilian media

《Enigmatic, that’s how Iwianch, devil deer could be defined.》

Festival Internacional BioBioCine content programmer, Chile

《How to avoid being exotic when making a film about the Shuar and Achuar and not to fall into a common place? How to tell a story that we do not understand? A horizontal, respectful and waiting relationship is the formula to shape this exciting story full of unexpected twists on the Amazonian peoples and their territory. Thanks to a refreshing audiovisual tone and concept, a parallel narrative questions the layers of reality as we understand it in the cities.》

Festival Encuentros del Otro Cine EDOC content programmer, Ecuador


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