Yawar mallku

  • 105'
  • Bolivia
  • 1969
The film is based on a newspaper clipping about Indian Quechua women who were sterilised without their permission in a maternity department of the American Peace Corps. It focuses on a village leader who finds out why his wife has become infertile. The Indian tribe decides to give the foreigners the same treatment: two gringos are castrated. The dignity of the Indians contrasts sharply with the tearful declarations by American specialists. This distressing, anti-imperialist film was made under the most difficult conditions. Students, technicians, workers and peasants collected the money needed. The film was banned by the censors in its country of origin, but released after protests. The festival is also screening Sanjinés' latest feature Para recibir el canto de los pajaros.
Director
Jorge Sanjinés
Country of production
Bolivia
Production Year
1969
Festival Edition
IFFR 1996
Length
105'
Medium
16mm
International title
Blood of the Condor
Language
Spanish
Producers
Grupo Ukamau, Ricardo Rada
Sales
Grupo Ukamau
Screenplay
Jorge Sanjinés
Cinematography
Antonio Eguino
Editor
Jorge Sanjinés