THE SECRET NATION
Director: Jorge Sanjinés Run Time: 128 min. Release Year: 1989 Language: Spanish
Starring: Delfina Mamani, Orlando Huanca, Reynaldo Yujra, Roque Salgado
Sebastián Mamani, a coffin-maker living on the city outskirts, comes back to his native Aymara village -from which he had been driven out some time ago- carrying a big Death mask, with the aim of dying in a dance as a kind of expiation of his sins that were the cause of his exile, and as a way of being reborn in his lost cultural identity. During this trip, he recalls his past.
“A South-American masterpiece! The story of the Aymara man who leaves his “ayllu” to live in a limbo among the city and his comunal-indigenous past is a history of many people in this continent — and also is a history of our colonization. This dilemma is expressed here in many ways: the language, the clothes, the costumes, the relationships.” Vinícius Mendez, mubi