October 5, 2011 (Presentation of the films by Ana de Orbegoso and Odi Gonzales)

6 – 7:05 pm


Full-length fiction film by Luis Figueroa / 1961 / 63 min. Quechua dialogue with English subtitles

This masterpiece of Andean cinematography now celebrates its 50th anniversary as an absolute classic, narrated in Quechua. In the Andean world, there is a myth about a bear that kidnaps beautiful women. This legend is particularly popular in zones near the rain forest, such as the village of Paucartambo, where the movie is set. The tale most likely came from the Far East, after a long journey through Europe. Obviously, this belief was transformed upon arrival in Peru; the Andes have always been great assimilators of the culture that arrived after the Conquista, during Colonial times, and later, during the Republican era. Thus, the legend of the kidnapping bear found a place here and later took on its own life under a new conception. The kidnapping bear is a figure that resonates like few others. I would say it is associated with the telluric forces of the earth. This bear has great powers of seduction. They say it has seven penises, making it a type of “supermale” capable of seducing beautiful shepherdesses.

7:15 – 7:25 pm

Radio Belen (Radio Belen)       

Documentary short by Gianfranco Annichini / 1983 / 11 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Located right in the middle of the riverside market of Belen, in the city of Iquitos, deep in the Peruvian Amazon, this rudimentary radio station broadcasts messages for locals and travelers.


7:35 – 9: 00 pm

October (Octubre)

Full-length fiction film by brothers Daniel and Diego Vega / 2010 / 83 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Moneylender Clemente is a man of few words. He is also the newfound love interest of Sofia, his single neighbor and a devotee who worships the Lord of Miracles each October. Their relationship begins when Clemente discovers a newborn baby girl, the product of his involvement with a prostitute who has disappeared. While Clemente searches for the mother, Sofia takes care of the moneylender’s baby and helps around the house. With the arrival of these two new figures in his life, Clemente will begin to question the way he relates to others.

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