Bolivian Films at NMAI

Two Bolivian movies have been included in the National Museum of the American Indian’s First Nations/First Films series. Both films will be shown on Saturday, May 21 at 12:00 p.m. at the NMAI on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

A little more about this series:

First NationsFirst Features celebrates the groundbreaking feature films of indigenous directors from around the globe. Over the past two decades, these filmmakers have broken barriers to native film production, garnering major awards worldwide, from Cannes to Sundance to Kautokeino. The works featured in this showcase, whether classics or premieres, are “firsts” for their directors and the First Nations’ communities they come from. Drawing on both traditional and contemporary experiences, the films offer gripping stories—from warrior legends to current dilemmas of family and identity—that bring audiences into the dramas of these very different worlds with their distinctive narratives and aesthetics.

The two films that will be featured at this time will be:

Loving Each Other in the Shadows (Llanthupi munakuy) 2001. Bolivia.
Directed by Marcelina Cárdenas Sausa (Quechua). With Aydee Alvarez, Samuel Vedia Callamullo. A divided village sets the stage for a star-crossed love affair, a story based on Quechua oral tradition. 47 min.

Angels of the Earth (Los angeles de la tierra) 2001. Bolivia.
Directed by Patricio Luna (Aymara). With Alfredo Copa and Reynaldo Yujiro. A cautionary tale about city life told through an acrimonious encounter between two brothers from a poor mountain village. In Aymara, English subtitles. 40 min.

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