© 2019 by May Sumak Quichwa Film Showcase.

KILLA

Alberto Muenala, Ecuador | 2015, Drama, 61 min

When a Kichwa photojournalist takes incriminating photos of mining operations in a forbidden area in Ecuador, a corrupt government official takes ruthless steps to stop their publication. Tensions grow as the official’s daughter becomes involved, and the exploitation feared by the local community becomes more than just a threat. Killa is the culmination of a community’s search for a cinematic voice. This ambitious project, spearheaded by acclaimed filmmaker Alberto Muenala, is the first feature-length film written, directed, and produced by Kichwas in their native language.

RUNAN CAYCU

Nora de Izcue, Peru | 1973, Documentary, 32 min

Banned in Peru immediately after it was released in 1973, Runan Caycu was the country’s first participatory film. In the forefront of this documentary is the life of union leader Saturnino Huillca who was active in his community in the countryside of Cusco for many decades. The film documents Quechua-speaking peasants in Peru organizing to demand social change—events that eventually put pressure on the rest of the country to finally carry out an agrarian reform.

QALLAY: LA FIESTA DE LAS FLORES

Solange Castro Molina, Bolivia | 2013, Short Doc, 14 min

At the end of every year, the feast of the flowers takes place in the municipality of Caata in the Department of La Paz. This film documents how the Kallawaya people, ancestral residents of Caata, celebrate this ritual behind the figure of the Watapurijchij, or "the Lord of the Seasons." It is up to the Watapurichij to foretell the fruits of the upcoming agricultural season by peering into the community's natural surroundings.

LIVING QUECHUA

Christine Mladic Janney, USA | 2014, Short Doc, 18 min

Although her first language is Quechua, Elva Ambía Rebatta prioritized speaking Spanish and English after leaving Peru for the US. Now in her seventies, Elva decides to help cultivate a Quechua-speaking community in New York City. Living Quechua follows Elva through the challenges, but also successes, of trying to keep Quechua alive.

BRONX LLAKTAMANTA

Doris Loayza, USA | 2016, Short Doc, 5 min

A documentary following the life of Segundo Angamaraca, founder and host of a New York based Kichwa language radio station in the Bronx, NY.

YAKUMANTA

Alberto Muenala, Ecuador | 2011, Short Doc, 10 min

When access to water becomes threatened, indigenous communities in Ecuador march to Quito in protest. This compelling documentary follows the work of indigenous activists fighting for inherent civil rights as well as their struggle to release fellow activists that have been persecuted and arrested for marching on the frontlines.

ELLA (HER)

Frida Muenala, Ecuador | 2011, Short Fiction (Thriller), 6 min

As a Kichwa man strolls through his hometown of Otavalo, he comes by a gift to bring back home to his wife. Upon his arrival, events eerily unfold as he walks up the stairs of his house, gift in hand, eager to surprise his wife. What he discovers behind a closed door, however, will surprise him much more than any gift in this psychological thriller directed by an emerging master of suspense Frida Muenala.

MOSSOC PUNCHAU

Juan Carlos Paitán Montes, Perú | 2012, Short Fiction, 11 min

Paulina, a young girl who lives in the village of Ambato, in the district of Yauli (Huancavelica) in Peru, narrates this story of how she became a city councilwoman in her hometown. Against all odds, Paulina’s feat is a triumph over the gender discrimination she and the women of her town face daily. The film's reflection on gender, racism and personal growth have earned it second place in the short film contest Diálogo Intercultural y Democracia which is sponsored by the feminist organization Manuela Ramos in Peru.

ÉRASE UNA VOZ

Harold Palacios Rodríguez, Perú | 2012, Short Fiction, 16 min

A Quechua farmer's inability to read and write throws into the spotlight the vast disparity between Peru’s urban and rural worlds. When Avelina, a farmer from Ayacucho signs a land title document she cannot understand, personal tragedy and social injustice befall her in this heartbreaking and honest film.

KUYCHI PUCHA

Segundo Fuerez, Ecuador | 2014, Short Fiction,10 min

Tells the story of a girl and her environment, showing the relationship of humans with the world and nature. The importance of respecting Pachamama, and giving the value that water deserves.

KIKINYARI

Sairy Tupac Gualan, Ecuador | 2012, Short Doc, 8 min

A young 20-year-old Saraguro faces the difficult task of constructing his own personal identity under pressure from family, friends, and society.

AY TAQUICGU

Alberto Muenala, Ecuador | 1991, Short Doc, 15 min

Ay Taquicgu is a participatory video that guides audiences into the director's own community in Otavalo, Ecuador. As his people play San Juanitos, a musical genre popularized by Kichwa communities in Ecuador, they recount the significance of the songs for their collective memory. The film is beautifully intimate and is celebrated as one of the first indigenous-directed documentaries produced in South America.

LA FLOR QUE VIVE

Pelagia Gutiérrez Vega, Perú | 2013 Short Doc 10 min

La Flor Que Vive follows director and protagonist, Pelagia Gutierréz Vega, in the community of San Martín de Hercomarca in Peru as she shares her physical and mental recollections of medicinal plants. The film emphasizes not only the immense healing properties of these plants, but also their value as repositories of cultural knowledge. The production of this film was made possible through filmmaking training workshops provided by the Wapikoni Mobile Production House in collaboration with Oxfam-Québec and Chirapaq

JAYLLI

Patricia Yallico, Ecuador | 2015, Short Documentary, 7 min

Patricia Yallico discusses her internal struggle as a woman and activist in Ecuador's Indigenous movement.

ÑAUPAQ CHULLPA RUNAKUNATA TIMPU

Collective of the Kallawaya Community of Caata, Bolivia | 2013, Short Doc, 7 min

The Kallawaya community of the Department of La Paz in Bolivia produced this group-directed documentary about their traditions, histories and legends. Through community media-making practices, the Kallawaya worldview is reflected in this video made possible by the Docuandantes Audiovisual Production team in Bolivia.

TRENZANDO VIDA

Rocio Gómez, Ecuador | 2015, Drama, 7 min

This story belongs to the new generation of Kitu Kara children. While they are already born into and recognized as urban Indians, they must still face challenges and conditions against them, such as the prohibition of long hair in schools.

SACHA CHURI MI ANCHI

Sarayaku Community, Ecuador | 2018, Animated Short, 4 min

Sacha Churi Mi Anchi  is the result of the Animation Film workshop for the Defense of Territory held from 2 to 5 December 2017 by the ALDHEA Foundation in coordination with Selvas Producciones, Oro Verde Foundation and the Kichwa of Sarayaku Native People. During the workshop, young people and children made a collective script, pre-production and filming of this short film that was worked on to reflect Kawsak Sacha, the Living Forest and the defense of the territory.