By Gabriel PÁEZ


Documentary - Completed 2018

The few elders of a dry village on the verge of disappearing, have been waiting for the return of San Biritute, the God of rain, for more than 60 years. Kidnapped by the local authorities, it's return is their only hope. Justin, the only kid in town plays alone while waiting for school to reopen.

& Awards

Ventana Sur 2018
Video Library
IDFA 2018
Docs For Sale
Festival Internacional La Orquidea Cuenca 2018
Best Film Audience Award
40 Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana Cuba 2018
Selección Oficial
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues, True Story
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 74 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Gabriel PÁEZ
    • Writer(s)
    • Gabriel PAEZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Isabel RODAS (FILMARTE), Carolina RODAS (FILMARTE)
    • Synopsis
    • A documentary about faith. An essay on getting old and the fear of death. A story about a group of elders in a soon to become ghost town and their lifetime struggle for respect of their culture. The understanding of faith, where the need of water is the main driving force. An ancient culture is presented as a heritage for new generations to come, if their hometown survives after they die. A film that portrays childhood as hope, while the main characters reminds us that nothing is more powerful than our own will and that there is no such thing as a lost cause.

      In the center of Sacachun, behind a syncretic wooden cross, San Biritute looked impressive showing its ancestral carved stone nakedness. They say it impregnated women and brought rain. 60 years ago a group of soldiers took him away by force, since then everything changed, it stopped raining and young people left the village of Sacachún, leaving a handful of elders who only live to see San Biritute again, who may bring rain and the school for Justin, the only child in town... Miracles, happen?
    • Partners & financing
    • CNCine Ecuador
      Ministry of Culture Ecuador
      Prefectura de Santa Elena
      Usina del Sur Uruguay
      Satcom Ecuador
    • Production schedule
    • Theatrical Release 2019
      TV Release January 2020