Bolivia, present-day. After walking for a week, Elder and his miner companions arrive in La Paz to demand the reinstatement of their job. Suddenly, Elder starts to feel sick. With the help of the elderly Mamá Pancha, Elder and his friends find work in the market. But Elder’s condition worsens, he’s choking and struggling for breath. Mamá Pancha sends him to Max—a witch doctor, hermit, and clown—who may be able to bring the young man back to life.
The latest work of Kiro Russo, one of the most talented directors in Latin America, depicts Bolivia of today in its unique format, making this film almost a diptych in context with his previous work Dark Skull (2016).
This time, Russo’s film deals with daily laborers in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city located at high altitude. The main character struggles to find help for his unknown disease and in the process, the audience is thrown into a world where dreams and myths weave together through the director’s adept hands. These people are trying to survive in a world where globalization and capitalism threaten their livelihoods. The Great Movement was awarded the Orizzonti Special Jury Prize at the Venice IFF. [Sung MOON]
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