Yai Wanonabalewa: The Enemy God

Yai Wanonabalewa: The Enemy GodOVERVIEW

Genre: Supernatural Drama (Feature)
Language: K'ekchi' Maya w/ Eng subtitle
Country of Origin: USA - Producers, Filmed Belize/Venezuela
Running Time: 100 minutes
Medium: 35mm & Super16mm, HD video print
Rights: all rights available


Director: Christopher Bessette
Producer: Matt Castagna & Tom Khazoyan
Executive Producer: Bautista Cajicuwa (Yanomamö), Timoteo Perez (Yanomamö), Tom Khazoyan, Matt Castagna, Bill & Laurie Bolthouse
Editor: Tom Khazoyan
Visual Effects: Keyframe Digital Productions
Film Lab and Post: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Cast: Mateo Coc, Alejandro Sam, Richard Tiul, Juan Ack, Regina Choc, Mark Sadr, Don Worley, Doroteo Cho, Apolinario Acal, Fermin Choc, Catarina Choco, others
Cinematographer: John Petrella
Music: Tim Alberts
Writer: Christopher Bessette
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company


"I personally watched 400 films for this festival and with yours I was glued from the first frame. I was captivated. I had to watch the whole thing to see what was going to happen."
-- Jennifer Corinna Festival Director, Brilliant Light International Film Festival of Los Angeles

“It will draw the praise of those who let the story seep into their hearts. If you have a chance, see it. You’ll be moved.”
--Cher Smith, TheCultureBeat.com


Here, in the Amazon jungle, where the spirit world and the natural world merge, Shake has reached the highest honor a Yanomamö shaman can attain, that of child-eater. Traveling in the spirit to an enemy’s village to loose your demons results in many deaths, and the reverence of your people. Shake has possession of many spirits, but the Spirit most feared by all Yanomamö, is one they call Yai Wanonabälewä – The Enemy God.

That was forty years ago, when Shake was a young man, before the nabas came to challenge his beliefs, before Shake was set on a search for truth – the truth that would ultimately shake a nation. Parallel story paths cover fifty years as Shake
asks who can be trusted and whether the spirits he called friends have led him by deceit.

Today the sky churns once again, as a nation stands on the brink of bloodshed. Shake prays, shamans chant and warriors head to their canoes as a nation divided prepares for war. Caught in the epic struggle are young Yanomamö lovers, a girl
trying to escape her brutal life from the village tangled in the old ways and a man from a village of the new ways who tries to rescue her.

The history of the fierce people is at a crossroads. Will a nation captured by deceit be set free? In a true story of spiritual warfare, love versus loathing, revenge versus peace, will truth and grace prevail? Will a nation survive? At the edge of destruction, on the brink of war, what happens when a Yanomamö shaman stands in the presence of The Enemy God?