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Virginio and Silvia, an elderly Quechua couple, experience the far-reaching effects of climate change on the Andean plateau.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.


The lives of Virginio and his wife Sisa, an older Quechua couple, have not become any easier since no rain has fallen for a very long time in the place where they have been living for years: the Highlands of Bolivia. The local river is also starting to dry up, while water is essential for their existence as llama herders. In fact, they have no choice but to move to the nearby capital, La Paz, something their visiting grandson Clever is also trying to convince them of. They don't want to leave, however; their life here may be Spartan, but it is also the life they love.

Anyone who hears about climate change will not immediately think of its consequences for life in the Andean highlands. In this sublime, self-written debut, Bolivian director Alejandro Loayza shows that the consequences are far-reaching here too. He presents his film in a meditative pace, with breathtakingly beautiful images. Not surprisingly, the film was awarded numerous times, including the Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the previous edition of World Cinema Amsterdam.

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