The Gift of The Pachamama

One of the greatest films in the festival this year, delving, as it does, deep into one of the well-springs of Latin American culture: the spiritual universe of its indigenous peoples. Kunturi lives simply, with his Quechua family, amongst the salt lakes of Uyuni, Bolivia. When he goes on a journey by llama caravan, with his father, he enters a world defined by ancient ancestral codes and a profound reverence for nature. With delicacy and aestheticism, the filmmakers follow the travellers along the old Salt Road, recording the wild splendour of the land as well as the deep sense of community and belonging implicit in the worship of Pachamama, the eternal Earth Mother who gives birth and meaning to all life. A beautiful and moving antidote to the alienation of modern existence.

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