RIU, WHAT DE ANCESTRAL CHANS TELLS

RIU, LO QUE CUENTAN LOS CANTOS

By Pablo BERTHELON

CARNADA FILMS EIRL - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2017

RIU is the story of the physical and spiritual journey of María Elena Hotus, the last heiress of the ancestral culture of oral tradition from Easter Island.
Before dying, she has made the decision of naming her transexual daughter Aru Pate Hotus as her successor and keeper of her legacy.

Festivals
& Awards

Ventana Sur 2017
Latam Screenings
FIC WALLMAPU 2017
Premio Nuevos Lenguajes
FIDOCS 2017
Selección Oficial- Noviembre Proximo
ASTERISCO 2017
Selección Oficial- Noviembre 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CHILE
    • Languages
    • RAPANUI, SPANISH, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pablo BERTHELON
    • Writer(s)
    • Lissette OROZCO
    • Producer(s)
    • Roberto TREJO (Carnada Films), Viviana CORVALÁN (Carnada Films)
    • Synopsis
    • The documentary "Riu" (fancy name), means song in Rapanui language, is the spiritual and physical journey of the last heiress of the ancestral culture of oral tradition of Easter Island, Maria Elena Hotus a 70-year old woman, who works as a composer, performer, and teacher of different vocal techniques, has taken the decision to leave her legacy before she died. This is why she named her successor to her daughter, Aru Hotus Pate, a transsexual islander that must fight the rooted and prejudiced pascuen´´s sexism.
      Together they will go to each scenary that contains an iconic legend within the island, and transform this place into a native scenario, where we will know early chants sung by them and other islanders, with lyrics about their origins and customs that keep the history of Rapanui.
      Musical compositions will be sung in a magical rite full of nature and ethnic poetry. Along with the compilations of experience will have meetings with other islanders, which subtly will contribute to the culture and will be characters within the differents natural beauties of Rapanui, in this scenary knowledge and emotions will be exchanged.
      While Maria Elena relives her past and the history of the island, her daughter by hand, will record each experience. Both women will fight against the new generation of islanders, uninterested in maintaining the culture and only concerned about tourism in the region.
      Finally the journey of both end in the Tapati Festival, an event that brings together all the old traditions that are shared among the islanders. This becomes the final scene where Maria Elena Hotus amid a ceremony full of rituals, end to transfer her entire being to her daughter, who will be left with the obligation to keep the knowledge to the younger generation.
      The documentary "Riu" aims to record this magical journey where each ancestral song will be shown as a page of the history of the people of Rapanui
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