Film Details

Bolivia, Canada, Qatar, USA / 2019 / 79 min.
Directed by Bahman Tavoosi
Spanish and Aymara w/ English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Feature

Synopsis

For decades, a retired schoolteacher on a remote village high on the Andes has been sharing with tourists her story of how she fed Ernesto “Ché” Guevara a bowl of soup and how he rewarded her with a poem hours before his execution. But as the government prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his death, more women step forward claiming the story as their own. Shot mostly as a series of still lives and featuring an enveloping sound design, Tavoosi’s feature film debut is reminiscent of Kiarostami’s work in its poetic portrait of a community left behind by history.

Durante décadas, una retirada maestra de escuela en un pueblo remoto en lo alto de los Andes ha estado compartiendo con turistas su historia de cómo le dio un plato de sopa a Ernesto “Ché” Guevara y cómo éste la recompensó con un poema horas antes de su ejecución. Pero a medida que el gobierno se prepara para celebrar el 50 aniversario de la muerte del “Ché”, más mujeres aparecen reclamando la historia como suya. Filmada principalmente en cámara fija y con un diseño de sonido envolvente, el debut cinematográfico de Tavoosi evoca el trabajo de Abbas Kiarostami particularmente en su tratamiento poético de una comunidad abandonada por la historia.