HD video/stereo sound
5:13 min.

A prophecy haunts the Chumbivilcas region of Peru: the wakas, sacred pre-colonial sites/deities, will return in the form of rolling rocks, mad sheep, fire and red smoke, to give the original inhabitants back their land. K’allpanakuy orcconchiskunapi is a socially-engaged/participant film conceived with and performed by inhabitants of Chumbivilcas–a Quechua region located in the Peruvian Andes–to re-enact and subvert historical and current social conflicts, and to imagine unruly futures together, from a counter-hegemonic, decolonial and genderbending perspective.

From their own desires, fantasies and acts of liberation, community members will construct an uncensored filmic discourse that celebrates cultural practices of Indigenous origin (e.g., huaylia dances/music and takanakuy wrestling)–historically labeled as violent and uncivilized–by considering them performances of cultural resistance and epistemic disobedience. Highly sensorial and immersive, the film will follow a rhizomatic (non-linear) structure, consisting of a series of intertwined but independent acts. Tupac Amaru’s rebel army will be led by women; Spanish generals will, literally, blowup; roosters, turned into takanakuy fighters, will lead a peasant rebellion; electronic huaylia singers will dance around explosions of dollar bills. Allegorical images of Indigenous resistance and anti-colonial struggle will immerse the viewer in Chumbivilcas: its stifling environment, its extreme altitude, its vast landscape, its exuberant culture, its intricate syncretic cosmovision and its complex social and historical conflicts, including the current political crisis. A surrealist and baroque Quechua Western movie, where human and nonhuman participants unite in spiral cycles of furious rebellion for an emancipated communal future.

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