For this month’s Indigenous Wisdom for the Earth, we are delighted to bring the story of Mama Irene, Healer of the Andes. Together we witness a story of a remarkable 84-year-old woman Shaman from Peru, who overcame immense trauma and continues to inspire and draw upon Indigenous knowledge and traditions in danger of being lost forever.
What makes Mama Irene’s story even more incredible is that this gift of healing comes primarily from her intuition, being discovered by chance at three years old. “Spirits have told me in my dreams how to proceed.” ~ Mama Irene
We were fortunate to meet with Co-Director, Elisabeth Mohlmann, Nelly Vilca Huaman and Magaly Quispe Singona, two women who have trained with Mama Irene. Magaly is also Mama Irene’s maternal granddaughter.
From them, we hear about the making of the film, time spent with Mama Irene, and stories and teachings about respect, honor and guidance. They remind us we all have gifts, that power lies within us and that we need to be open to the elements, spirits, energies and ancestors to guide us.
For more information about the film or Mama Irene, please visit mamairenedoc.com.
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This is a film about Mama Irene, a remarkable 84-year-old woman Shaman (healer) from Peru, drawing upon indigenous knowledge and traditions in danger of being lost forever. Yet her craft is based primarily on her own intuition:
“Spirits have told me in my dreams how to proceed.”READ MORE
The film is valuable for visual ethnography, as it is a contribution important to revalue and spread a sample of our cultural heritage immaterial, contributing to the dissemination and awareness of the safeguarding of Andean medical systems of Cusco.
The Consulate General of Peru in New York commends the work of the production team from New York who gave us the documentary Mama Irene: Healer of the Andes. This heartfelt film draws attention to the value of traditional knowledge in the Andes of Peru, Read more
It's a profoundly sensitive and courageous work. The steadiness of it’s compassionate, honest observation is an example of real human transcendence is as tangible a use of the film medium as I've ever seen.
I watched your documentary in its entirety twice, feeling gratefully transformed as a witness to such emotionally evocative raw imagery of both place and person. You've been able to masterfully illumine the ancestral ethos meaningfully Read more
Mama Irene - Healer of the Andes is a film that portrays the life of a Peruvian Andean woman connected to Mother Nature. A person of great faith who embraces the catholic religion, introduced to Peru from Occident, Read more
Mamá Irene is a beautifully photographed documentary that brings the viewer into the stunning Valle Sagrado near Cusco in Peru to share some of the life experiences of a strong, wise, and talented Quechua woman. Read more
Mama Irene is a passion play of the everyday hardscrabble yet transcendent lives of Andean people today: high altitude but down to earth. Eight decades on, Mama Irene has seen hard times aplenty yet is rooted in Pachamama Read more
I just finished watching Mama Irene, Healer of the Andes in my car, under the velvet light of Mama Quilla. I am almost speechless…moved to deep respect, laughter, but also many tears. I resonate with much of Mama Irene's path, Read more
We would like to announce you that our Jury has decided to award the Prize for the Special Topic Women- Environment - Activism to Mama Irene, Healer of the Andes For its beautiful portrait of a healer in Peru, focusing on the deep connectionRead more
Moi qui suis normalement sceptique sur ces thématiques, le film m’a pris et m’a fait voyagé -
J'ai été captivé par ce parcours de femme.
C'est un beau film d’amour avant tout. Qui délivre un message d’optimisme pour nos sociétés.
How wonderful, I loved your film so much…and learned a lot, truly moved me deeply to witness a healer like Mama Irene.
It is visually stunning, breathtaking…a true trip to the heart of the Peruvian Andes…thank you for all your blood, sweat and tears to make this happen.
A título personal felicitaros por tan excelente trabajo, visioné la película, como todas las que seleccioné, antes de su exhibición en el Certamen de Cine Iberoamericano Hecho por Mujeres : Perú, es un documento visual importantísimo y creado con mucha belleza y con una fotografía excelente. Enhorabuena.
I watched it numerous times and the film in of itself is medicine. Medicine for women and men who desire to have their strength restored in Pachamama as living breathing being. It takes great courage to practice healing such as this when modern culture Read more
I have deep gratitude for Mama Irene's willingness to share this sacred medicine for the larger healing of the heart of humanity. Her example of how to live in alignment with higher guidance , always fulfilling her purpose, is a sacred instruction. Read more
I loved the film!!! Thank you so much! I watched it three times and it is simply a treasure! More than a film, it is an initiation, a transformative journey and a big lesson about love, community and caring for each other. Thank you from all of my heart!
A little over a week ago we watched the Mama Irene film. What a moving and important story. What an amazing woman! Showing Mama Irene’s healing methods without filter, telling her story, see her walk around in the mountains, seeing how the beautiful masculine in Puma, Alfredo holds her space, respect and care for her…… It is a brave and powerful film. Thank you Elisabeth!