- Culture, Foreign Worlds, History, Human Interest, and Society
Raised in a small farming village in the mountains of southern Peru, Feliciano works as a porter on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in hopes of some day taking his son to live in the city. Framed by the seasons, Mi Chacra chronicles one year in Felicianoâ€™s life, from the planting season in his community to the harvest, and through a season of work on the Inca Trail. The film paints a vivid picture of this manâ€™s world, of the conflict between his love of the land and the work he has learned from his father, and the desire to see his son living what he sees as a better life in the city.
- Show treatment
The film tells the story of a young indigenous Peruvian man who has lived his entire life, but for a few brief months, in a small farming village in the mountains above the Sacred Valley. Like everyone in his community, he has been raised as a farmer. And like many, he has been instilled with the belief that life in the city would be better than the life he leads.
When Feliciano was young, his father would tell him, â€œYou are not going to be like me. You will go to the city, you will study, and you will become something more.â€ When Feliciano was sixteen, his father sent him to the city, where he worked and studied. Shortly after leaving his village, Felicianoâ€™s mother came to him to tell him his father was sick. Five days later, his father died. Being the eldest son, Feliciano was forced to leave his school and return to his village to work his fatherâ€™s fields and care for his younger siblings.
â€œLuck did not accompany me, and I lost my education.â€ The loss has stuck with Feliciano as he has grown and made a life for himself in his village. Now he has a young son of his own, and his desire is the same as his fatherâ€™s. He will see his son study in the city, and become something more than he has become.
Framed by the seasons, the film chronicles a year in the young manâ€™s life, from planting to the harvest, and through a season of work as a porter on the Inca Trail. We see the processes, passed from father to son for generations, of planting crops, tending to them, and harvesting. We witness the transformation of the spectacular landscape from the browns and yellows of the dry season to the vivid greens of the rainy season and the harvest. And we witness the back-breaking work of the porters as they make their way through the mountains on the trail to Machu Picchu. We learn of Felicianoâ€™s driving desire, and witness a year in its pursuit.
Interwoven with Felicianoâ€™s story is the complex history of his people. In his often poetic native language of Quechua, Feliciano recounts the history of the Incas, the conquest by the Spanish, and the years of the haciendas.
The film paints a vivid picture of this manâ€™s life, of the conflict between his love of the land and the work he has learned from his father, and the desire to see his son living what he sees as a better life in the city.
- Running time
- 99 and 52 minutes
- Jason Burlage ... Producer/Director
- Prod. Co.
- Devolution Films
- Years of Production
- Cuzco area, The Sacred Valley, The Inca Trail
- Release year
- 2009 Starz Denver Film Festival, 2010 Big Sky Doc FF, 2010 It's All True FF, 2010 Calgary International FF, 2010 Taiwan International Doc Festival, 2010 Banff Mountain FF, 2010 Margaret Mead FF, 2011 Trento FF
- Grand Prize - 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival, Honorable Mention - Society for Visual Anthropology, Grand Prize - 2011 Inkafest Mountain FF, Best Film by a Non-Anthropologist - 2011 Etnofilm Fest, Best Film on Mountain Culture - 2011 Kendal Mtn. FF
- PBS International, Documentary Educational Resources
- Broadcast (Acq.)
- Arte France
- English, Spanish
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