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The Shelmeca Serpent

A short film by Laura Bermúdez

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The Shelmeca Serpent (2023)

13 min   |   Miskitu / Spanish  |  hn

The Shelmeca Serpent

Short film

Written and directed by Laura Bermúdez

Produced by Luis Flores Alvarenga

A Thau Honduras production

Year: 2023

Genre: Documentary

Language: Miskitu / Spanish 

Subtitles: English 

Country: Honduras

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SYNOPSIS

The second most important jungle in America hides an archaeological secret  and mysterious of world importance for humanity and the mythology of an ancient indigenous population, known today as Ciudad Blanca. This natural and cultural wealth is at risk of disappearing soon if we do not act on time. Wildres Wood, a biologist and activist of "Misquito" origin, takes us on a journey to the heart of this region in search of knowing and protecting Honduras' most important treasure for the world. A story that proposes a look from within the territory, with female leaders and that suggests a world unknown to the majority.

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MOTIVATION

For me as a woman and a filmmaker, it is important to tell the story of "La Serpiente de Shelmeca" through its protagonist, seeking in this way to decolonize our narratives from her perspective, in which the true stories and ancestral traditions are lived. Wildres Wood is the first Miskitu biologist, her struggle, strength, passion and leadership motivate me to bring this story to the screen, because it is urgent to know the reality, that reality that endangers the second largest lung in America, the Biosphere of the Río Plátano. 

LAURA BERMÚDEZ / Director and screenwriter

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LAURA BERMUDEZ

Honduran filmmaker.  “Negra soy”, her latest short film received the Audience Award in the “Affirming the Rights of Women” section at the Malaga Spanish Film Festival in 2018 and was an official selection at the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival In England. She has received scholarships from the Locarno Open Doors program, Berlinale Talents, Talents Guadalajara, American Film Showcase, Locarno Industry Academy, Guadalajara doculab, among others.

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LUIS FLORES ALVARENGA

Honduran producer. 17 years in national production, In 2014 he founded the production house THAU HONDURAS, In 2019 he made his debut in national cinema as a producer in the feature film "90 Minutes" (best production at the Icaro International Festival 2021). He has participated in the Icaro International Festival, CAMPADOC, BOLIVIA LAB, he has also received a scholarship at FsPI Cine América Centra Panamá 2023, Talents Guadalajara 2023 and Selection Jury of Bolivia Lab