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Apenas el sol (Nothing but the Sun)

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Facing the consequences of a violent uprooting, Mateo Sobode Chiqueno has been recording stories, songs, and testimonies of his Ayoreo people since the sixties. In an attempt to preserve fragments of a disappearing culture, Mateo walks across communities in the arid and desolate Paraguayan Chaco region, and registers on cassettes the experiences of other Ayoreo who, like him, were born in the vast forest, free and nomadic, without any contact with white civilization, until religious missionaries forced them to abandon their ancestral territory, their means of subsistence, their beliefs, and their home. After the moving film "El Tiempo Nublado" ("Cloudy Times"), director Arami Ullón returns with a humanistic and poetic documentary that opened the prestigious International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2020.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    75 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Country
    Switzerland, Paraguay
  • Director
    Arami Ullón
  • Producer
    Pascal Trächslin