Friday, February 19, 2010

Film: Heartache and promise on the Inca Trail

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Against the backdrop of majestic, snow-capped mountains in Peru, a farmer named Feliciano says in his native Quechuan language, "I don't want my son to be the same as me." Mi Chacra (meaning, "my land"), a film by Bozeman-based filmmaker Jason Burlage, tells the story of the conflict between farmers who love the land and way of life in the country, but who see a brighter future for their children in the city. The images are incredibly stunning. Additionally, Burlage not only takes the viewer into the world of Feliciano and his inner-conflicts, but also weaves in a history lesson about the Incas, the Spanish conquests and the haciendas, and how all that history led to the way indigenous Peruvians live today.

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One of the most interesting parts of the film is that Feliciano also works as a porter on the Incan Trail, so the film delves into the impact tourism has had on the ancient ruin of Machu Picchu and the trail that leads to it. And, something we can relate to in Montana: the crisis of farmers who work hard but don't always see much reward—who often wonder if their children would be better off not following in their footsteps.
Don't miss it: Mi Chacra screens at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, Feb. 19, at the Wilma Theatre.

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