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still from film; two men walk toward a lake, one carries a llama on his back
Thursday, October 05, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Dir. by Alejandro Loayza Grisi. Bolivia. 2022. 87 min. Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles. Free and open to the public.

In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living a tranquil life for years. While he takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, she keeps house and walks for miles with the other local women to fetch precious water. When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, Virginio and Sisa must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city. Their dilemma is precipitated by the arrival of their grandson Clever, who comes to visit with news. The three of them must face, each in their own way, the effects of a changing environment, the importance of tradition, and the meaning of life itself.