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The first Peruvian film to be nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow) centres on Fausta, who suffers from “the milk of sorrow”, a rare illness transmitted through the milk of pregnant women who were abused or violated during Peru’s civil wars. While living in constant fear and confusion due to the illness, Fausta is confronted by the sudden death of her mother. She chooses to take drastic measures to avoid following in her mother's footsteps.
The year is 1618 – a pivotal moment in Peruvian history in which national identity is being defined. Jerónimo de Ávila, a mestizo (mixed race) Spanish and Indian solider returns to Peru from Europe to embark on a quest to find a document that can prove his heritage and allow him to reclaim his legitimacy. An imposing film that explores society’s beliefs, fears and the reality of it all, El Bien Esquivo effectively demonstrates the strength and fight in one’s confrontation of prejudice and intolerance.
A hypnotising film characterised by symbols and themes of tradition, beliefs, pain, and community togetherness, Mataindios (Indigenous’ Slayer) traces the quest of four villagers who organise a festival in honour of their patron saint, hoping to put an end to disappearances that have been haunting their town. Sensory and earnest, the film explores the unique ways the indigenous community deals with sorrow in a bid to reclaim happiness and end the town’s years of mourning.
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