Chants of a Journey is a voyage through the Amazon from Colombia to Brazil's coast. Two women with opposing world views reveal terrifying visions. A renowned scientist talks about the Amazon's complexity and challenges, whilst the other woman, who claims to have been born from a sheep's womb, describes invisible forces, believes the future lies in God's hands and says science doesn't exist.
The journey began at the Chocó Base (masartemasaccion.org) in Colombia and ended at Casa Daros in Rio de Janeiro (daros-latinamerica.net). Most of the two-month trip was spent following the Amazon from Colombia to the Atlantic. The journey resulted in a film based on conversations about how people imagine a better world. It reveals lucid thoughts about the Amazon as well as terrifying visions.
The audio centres on two women who hold opposing world views. Based on the recordings, Fernando Arias creates a dialogue between reason and insanity. On one side a world-renowned scientist talks about the Amazon, its complexity, the challenges it faces and the politicians who have the power to preserve it, whilst another woman, who claims to have been born from a sheep's womb transplanted to her mother, describes invisible forces, believes the future lies in God's hands and says science doesn't exist.
Fernando took Michel Foucault's “Madness and Civilization” along with him, a book he was unable to finish on previous attempts. The book describes the historical associations between water and madness, including boats laden with insane people who were dropped off at far away ports. Fernando never finished the book. Instead, hearing how people imagined a perfect world, he tore out the pages and let them fall into the Amazon, to return to nature and the waters that famously nourish all life on Earth.