3. THE CONDOR MAN
Initially I was never supposed to make this film. It was the testament of Torgny Anderberg. It was to be his last film. Torgny became very ill and be asked me to go to Peru to shoot some complementary material. While I was there, Torgny told me be only bad a few days left to live. I wanted to go to him, but he said:
"You're gonna stay, kid. You're gonna finish this film".
During 50 years the Swedish filmmaker Torgny Anderberg travel to the Amazon making numerous films, both feature and documentary, about the conditions of the indigenous people who live in this unique environment.
It is in the area of river Apurimac in Peru, Torgny is aiming to make his last film. When the shooting starts only Torgny know how seriously ill he is. 4 moths later, in November 2000, Torgny Anderberg dies of cancer.
Torgny starts his last journey with much energy and enthusiasm, planning and visualising a film about the Ashaninka tribe and their conditions of life. Soon the journey becomes more a struggle with death. Torgny is determined to reach the furthest village Piterinquini which lies on the top of a mountain, two days of hiking in the deep jungle. After reaching the village Torgny becomes very ill and he make a farewell speech to his friends which he knows he will never see again.
The Condor Man is a film about Torgny's last journey, showing how great the will to live can be even in the shadow of death. It is also Torgny Anderbergs last wish to make the world aware of the extremely difficult conditions the indigenous people all through the Amazon are facing today. The film is dedicated to the Ashaninka chief Amadeo and is aiming to put a focus on the urgency of their situation.
The film is containing elements of scenes which Torgny sketches out on his last journey, interwoven with later filmed material by Helgi Felixson returning to the Ashaninka with the message of Torgnys death one year later.
LENGTH: 58 min
SCREENING FORMAT: BETA SP/DVCAM
DIRECTOR: HELGI FELIXSON / TORGNY ANDERBERG
EDITOR: TITTI JOHNSON
PHOTOGRAPHER: HALLGRIM ODEGAARD/ HELGI FELIXSON
SUPPORTED BY: THE SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE / THE SWEDISH TELEVISION