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Blood of the Condor (12A*)

Other Modernisms, Other Futures

A still from Blood of the Condor

This fine example of Latin American militant cinema is an indictment of US neo-colonialist meddling, and of the indifference of Bolivia’s white elites towards the suffering of the indigenous majority.

The falling birth rate and high infant mortality are noted with concern by the inhabitants of a remote Andean village. As rumour swirl, corrupt local police open fire on some local men. Ignacio, the sole survivor, is taken by his wife to La Paz for hospital care. There, his brother desperately tries to scrape together the cash for a blood transfusion, a quest that leads him to some shocking discoveries.

Blood of the Condor was made in Quechua, and with the participation of (and starring) people from the village where it was shot. Its baseline realism is overlaid with an intricate narrative structure that makes extensive use of flashbacks, a technique borrowed from European art cinema. 

Tagged with: Cinema Other Modernisms

Bolivia 1969 Dir Jorge Sanjinés and the Ukamau Collective 70 min Digital presentation

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