Alan was born in the ’80s, in the bustling city of Buenos Aires. He always believed that art and transforming his and others’ conscience is his destiny. From an early age, he knew he wanted to make a living out of filmmaking, generating quality content, and always innovating with different forms of communication. He believes that filmmaking is on the verge of transformation. He’s certainly contributing to the industry’s potential future, one that is more democratic, plural and expansive based on technology and good ideas.
HUMANO is his first feature film. It represents the spiritual awakening and transformation that is taking place in Latin America right now. By listening to his ancestors and exploring ancient Andean civilizations, Alan has been able to open a new door to modern spirituality.
Alan was only 25 years old when he decided to embark on a journey to the Andes, to discover the reasons for his own existence, and the truth behind the origins of mankind. Together with Plácido, an Andean shaman (or “priest”) he sets out on one of the most introspective journeys ever made.
Alan traveled to the Andes mountains with his camera and a notepad with 200 questions he collated throughout his life… questions that could never be answered by traditional religions such as Catholicism and Judaism. Alan wished to discover the origins of humanity on earth, and to do so, he needed to learn to be Human first. Rituals, initiations and new challenges unfurled. These are keys to breaking and broadening his consciousness. Together with Plácido he took on an introspective journey, which has never been documented before.
How did you come up with the idea of researching and filming about human spirituality?
Honestly, I never thought that I was going to make a film about Andean spirituality. In fact, I had no idea such a thing existed. But because I am Latin American, I learned about the rich spiritual, philosophical, archeological and historic legacy that exists in this region. For years, I did my research on religions, esoteric ideas, and mysteries of the Earth. And all of these studies finally led me to the heart of the Andes mountains. I felt the urge to travel, to learn about all of the places I had read about throughout all of those years. I saved some money, bought myself some filming equipment, and set off on this unique journey, taking with me 200 questions in my notepad. The result of this journey is the film HUMANO. Now I want to share my experience with the world.
Did you find any challenges throughout your journey?
I didn’t find any challenges during filming. Everything went smoothly and evolved organically. After wrapping up, I realized that all of the doors had opened very easily for me. Somehow I was meant to make this film. There were times when I lived in the mountains with the shamans and everything was fine, I felt I belonged there and I never had any problems. When I returned to Buenos Aires, I was faced with the biggest challenge: Over 50 hours of film had to be edited. I did not know where to start. But little by little everything fell in its place and after one year of editing we came up with the final cut. Over 40 people worked on this film, and these people worked remotely from distant parts of the world. Without their help, this film would not exist.
Is Latin America the new destination for spiritual reference?
I do feel something is “waking up” in Latin America – something that is now having a global impact – by social, political and economic changes.
From the spiritual point of view, the Kundalini energy has shifted from the Himalayas to the Andes, therefore opening doors to a new awakening in the area. In the Andes, this is known as Pachacuteq (Pacha: time-space, Cuteq: change). This is indeed a time of change, of positive change for all mankind.
Do you think this film will help change human consciousness? Do you feel you are part of a bigger social movement?
That is a very hard question to answer since somehow the film was an accident. It was never planned or scripted, and I never thought I was going to make a film about human consciousness and I never believed such a thing existed. It all started as a mere personal journey, which of course changed me completely: my own perception of reality and my mental structure. I feel that because the story is told as a personal experience, the audience will relate and understand more what I went through.
What was the biggest lesson you learned from this whole experience?
The understanding of the existence of an invisible world, with its own hierarchy and independence, which is bound and interrelated to our own visible world.
When will Humano The Film be available in the US?
The film is available at Humanofilm.com and can be rented online.