Mama Coca: the Sacred Leaf


The film is about the journey to Peru, that Charles Coocoo, an Atikamekw spiritual leader of Wemotaci, in Quebec makes in order to sensitize Peruvian coca leaf farmers about the negative impacts of cocaine coming into his community.

Guided by a Wanka, a spiritual leader, Pedro Marticorena, and Nelson Palomino, a "cocalero" leader, Charles Coocoo discovers the ancient and sacred relation between the Indians of the Andes and coca leaves. He sees the difference between coca leaves and cocaine and views at first hand its cultural and therapeutic effects.