• Tiffany Rigby

The Songs of the Butterflies will premiere on PBS

Peruvian filmmaker Núria Frigola Torrent’s documentary, The Song of the Butterflies,

showcases storytelling in the Peruvian Amazon and will premiere on PBS as part of POV’s 34th


The film will premiere Monday, August 30, 2021 on PBS at 10 p.m. ET and will also be available

to stream for free at pov.org until October 29, 2021. The Song of the Butterflies is Frigola

Torrent’s first feature as director after producing Peruvian filmmaker Ernesto Cabellos’ Daughter

of the Lake in 2015.

Frigola Torrent’s debut documentary follows Rember Yahuarcani, an Indigenous painter from

the White Heron clan of the Uitoto Nation in Peru. Rember left home to pursue a successful

career in Lima, but when he finds himself in a creative rut, he returns home to his Amazonian

community of Pebas to visit his father, a painter, and his mother, a sculptor. Through the stories

and dreams of his parents and his grandmother, he confronts the horrors his community faced

as a result of the rubber boom in Peru, immersing himself in the past so that he can rediscover

his own creativity.

The Documentary will travel further into Rember's history as you eventually get a look into his

grandparents life as he starts to journey towards healing. The documentary quietly follows as

Rember comes to terms with the ways to which his ancestors were subjected to deal with

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