UMATURKA THE CALL OF THE WATER 2016
In the rapidly changing environment of the arid Bolivian Andean plateau, UMATURKA The Call of The Water, follows a community who call for the clouds to return, for rain, for survival. Every year the people of the town of Quillacas celebrate the tradition of the Umaturka to call for clouds and rain. The ancient rituals are performed to keep the delicate balance between life and environment, in a metaphor of humanity’s survival, where life depends on water.
The documentary depicts the reality of a community’s continuation of their tradition in a modern world. Through their own voices we penetrate the identity and culture of one the oldest ethnic groups that inhabit the Andes, to understand their beliefs and the importance to continue with their tradition and way of life. We share the difficulties that arise at the time of electing a new Pasante, a person to take charge of the festivity in the coming year. Who will take the pledge and the flag? Who will continue the tradition for the rain to come?
Spanish and Aymara
Directed and Written by Giovanna Miralles
Produced by Peter Wilkin & Giovanna Miralles
Music: Luzmila Carpio
Cinematography and Camera: Peter Wilkin
Edition: Rosa Sophia Rodríguez
Soundtrack Mix: Manuel Hernandez
Image Post-production: Luis Ochoa
Coordination of Post-production: Alvaro Carranza
Auxiliar Materials: Theobald Wilkin-Miralles
Graphic Design: Andrés Marquínez Casas
Giovanna Miralles (b. Oruro, Bolivia) is an artist, writer and independent filmmaker who studied film at the International School of Film of San Antonio de los Baños, EICTV, Cuba. She has worked in diverse areas of filmmaking, learning her craft from Jorge Ruiz, pioneer documentary filmmaker for indigenous themes in Latin America and with Bolivian director Jorge Sanjinés. These experiences led her to immerse herself in the indigenous world, living for three years in Guatemala as an apprentice of the Mayan Elder Cirilo Perez, to learn the oral tradition and rituals of the Mayan people and becoming an Aj’quijab’, 'the bearer of time' or Mayan priestess.
Social Science and Collective Memory
Friday, 4 November, 2016