Equator 360 is a four-part VR-documentary series that takes you around the world on the imaginary line of the equator.
The Centre of the World
The shamans of Yuruparí live directly on the equator, In the Amazonian forests in south-eastern Colombia. Their sacred sites are spread out in a network placed exactly on the equatorial line. The Yuruparí believe they live at the centre of the world, and that it is their duty to preserve the balance of the planet through their spiritual work.
The Lying Stars
The Gabbra people of the Chalbi desert in northern Kenya still roam the desert with their camels. As the draughts grow longer, these desert nomads know how to manage their resources, and follow the passing of the sun and the moon in the rituals that allows them to predict the rainy season they depend on. But after a 10 year long drought, Barille is wondering if the stars are lying to them.
The Above and the Below
The Bajau Laut people of South East Asia have been living on the sea for millennia. Eschewing a land based existence these ocean nomads follow the wind and tides to better fishing grounds. They know no borders, their free-roaming culture increasingly clashing with the modern world, overfishing, and changing weather.
The Great Mother
The Kogi priests from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia have passed on their ancestral knowledge for thousands of years. They recognize themselves as the spiritual caretakers of our earth, the Great Mother. Mamo Senchina teaches us, the Little Brothers, how to build a proper house that will be lined up with the sun, the moon, the stars and the seasons, to honour and nurture the Great Mother.
The videos are available on the ARTE360 VR-app on iOS, Android, Gear VR, Apple TV and Daydream.
Nominations and Awards
360 Film Festival
- ZDF/ARTE, LIQUID CINEMA, NHK and DISCOVERY CANADA with support from BELL FUND and OMDC
- Production - Irene Vandertop
- Artistic direction and executive production - Thomas Wallner
- Associate Producer - Ashley Brook
- Project Manager - Joel Riley
- Filmmaking - Nicolas Jolliet
- Co-Director "The Centre of the World" and "The Great Mother" - Richard Decaillet
- Co-Director "The Centre of the World" - Diana Rico
- Editing - Ian Dunbar
- Postproduction Video 360 - Nicolas Jolliet
- Music - Nicolas Jolliet