La nación clandestina

27 07 2011

The masterpiece of Bolivian filmmaker, Jorge Sanjinés. In this film, modernity and the traditional ways of the Aymara Indians in Bolivia clash and intermingle, creating a film that, while centered around one Aymara exile in La Paz, has as its real protagonist the Aymara people themselves. Sanjinés says that his film sought to deconstruct the idea of the modern narrative centering around the personal drama of one man. His film is rather about how one man has to overcome himself in order to re-integrate into the being of the community. In this case, his re-entrance into the community is only possible through a ritual in which he dances himself to death. In his walk back to the village, one sees the turmoil emerging all around him, and how his fate is indeed the fate of the entire, hidden nation. This film is about another, very different reaction towards modernity than the one we are accustomed to seeing, and the film can be found in its entirety on Youtube and in other places around the Net.

Many would also be interested in another Sanjinés film called Yawar Malku or Blood of the Condor, which is about forced sterilizations by Americans in an Aymara village. It basically ends (spoiler alert) by the indigeous people castrating the Americans in return (it is not shown, but the viewer well knows what happens). The feel-good, pro-life film of the year if you ask me.



One response

1 01 2013

I drop a comment each time I like a article on a site or if I
have something to contribute to the conversation.

It is triggered by the fire displayed in the post I looked at.
And on this post La nación clandestina Reditus. I was actually moved enough to leave a comment :
-P I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be simply me or does it seem like a few of the responses look as if they are written by brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are posting on other online sites, I’d
like to keep up with you. Would you list every one of
your community sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

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