Documentary - Completed 2018

In the north of Chile I find Indians, Redskins, Cheyennes, Siouxs, Dacotas, it is inevitable to ask me several questions. Why are there dances with influences from Native Americans? How does this influence come about?

& Awards

Ventana Sur 2018
Video Library
Festival de Cine Inusual de Buenos Aires 2018
Competencia Documental
Festival Internacional de Cine de la Habana, Cuba 2018
Competencia Documental
DOCA International Festival 2018
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Environmental, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • CHILE
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pablo MELLADO, Marianne FUENTEALBA
    • Writer(s)
    • Pablo MELLADO
    • Producer(s)
    • Marianne FUENTEALBA (Yawar Producciones), Freddy CORVALAN (Yawar Producciones), Carolina LAZO (Yawar Producciones)
    • Synopsis
    • In the cultural manifestations of the north of Chile, within the diversity a red-skinned dance attracts attention, it is immediate to wonder why. The motivations tell an incredible story that goes back to the exploitation of saltpeter, its decadence and how image referents generate identity. "El Indio Piel Roja" is built on the imaginary from the western cinema, the adventures of the far west novels or the comic and the world famous Buffalo Bill show. They represented as Indians manifest their spirituality and indigenous identity assimilating the virtues of the American Indian, their wisdom, their connection with nature, their artistic manifestations and rituals to transform them into devotion to the Virgin of Carmen following a tradition of ancestral worship to the pacha mama that the process of syncretism transformed into the Chinita del Carmen de La Tirana. This documentary, more than telling a story, unfolds in photographing the desert and its beauty, a situation in which the Red Skins manifest spiritually surrounded by elements such as choreography, rituals, dances, music and the transformation of these people when putting on their clothes.