NOTHING BUT THE SUN
[APENAS EL SOL]
In the 1960s, missionaries forcibly uprooted indigenous Ayoreo communities within Paraguay from their vast, richly forested ancestral homes to the arid and desolate Paraguayan Chaco region. Since the 1970s, Mateo Sobode Chiqueno, also Ayoreo, has been recording the stories, songs and experiences of the people within his community who experienced this brutal relocation. Through gentle conversations, Sobode Chiqueno records the memories and lived experiences of his community. As the population ages and people become more disassociated with their language and culture, Sobode Chiqueno's work becomes ever more pressing as he attempts to preserve the fragments that are left, in hopes that from the memories, a resurgence will bloom. Paraguayan documentarian Arami Ullón — whose 2014 film CLOUDY TIMES was Paraguay's first-ever Oscar® submission — crafts a powerful exploration of the meaning of identity, foregrounding the importance of recording the experiences, culture and memories of the Ayoreo people before it's too late. (Note adapted from Hot Docs.) Official Selection, 2020 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2021 Hot Docs and Locarno film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Arami Ullón; PROD Pascal Trächslin. Paraguay/Switzerland, 2021, color, 74 min. In Ayoreo and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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