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OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

The Gift of Pachamama

The Gift of Pachamama

Original Title: El regalo de la pachamama
Director: Toshifumi Matsushita
Japan, USA, Bolivia | Quechua
2008 | 102min. | Colour
Subtitles: English
Format: Digital Betacam
All Ages
The indigenous culture and traditions of the Andean Quechua people are brought to life in this loving environmental fable for children, set amidst the salt fields and mountain villages of Bolivia's spectacular altiplano. Young Kunchari works with his father near the great salt lake of Uyuni (the largest salt field in the world) and plays with his friends in the town's eerie "train cemetery." Embarking on a trek across Bolivia to sell salt to isolated villages, Kunchari (and the viewer) experience traditional Andean life: bell-bedecked llamas, funeral processions, wild festivals, mining towns, music, and dance, with Mother Earth (Pachamama) to be respected above all. Part ethnographic study, part Bahman Ghobadi-like documentary/fiction hybrid, The Gift of Pachamama is filled with respect not only for Bolivia's vast, otherworldly natural beauty, but also for the culture, rituals, and spirituality of its inhabitants. The film, fittingly, is dedicated to the indigenous children of the Andes.

---Jason Sanders

Director,  Toshifumi Matsushita

Director,  Toshifumi Matsushita

Toshifumi Matsushita studied law in Japan and film at New York University while working in the Japanese film industry as a producer. Eventually he founded his own company, Dolphin Productions. His short documentaries Big Chief (1992) and Voodoo Kingdom (1997) won awards at the Tokyo Video Festival.

Cast and Crew

Cast
Christian Huaygua, Fanny Mosques, Francisco Gutiez, Luis Mamani
Story
Toshifumi Matsushita
Producer
Toshifumi Matsushita
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