Atahualpa LICHY (Yavita Cine S.A.), Diana LICHY (Yavita Cine S.A.)
This is the story of a trip, of a trail, of a secret, of an old man from the Andes called Pedro María. In his hometown, “Los Nevados” , he is still called “the kid”, because of his ancestors. The word “muchacho” (kid) is also the name of one of the ancient ethnic group of the Southern Towns. Pedro Maria’s grandfather was the last pure aboriginal of the “Muchachos”. The ancestral memory of this place has been enlightened by the reflections of the mountain “El Toro” (the bull). His ancestors have left a trace of their stay with their advanced construction techniques. Pedro, who moved to Merida many years ago, recently turned 74, and he had a dream that awakened his curiosity: His grandfather talked to him on the ear and revealed him a secret. On his dream there was a road that went through a forest of thick Elms, like those of “San José del Sur”. “That is the only thing that I can tell you from this dream for the moment”, he told his wife one day, and then took his backpack, his poncho, his hat and his pipe and took off south. Before mounting the horse that his friend Justino lent him in Canaguá, he said: “The dream was in color”. Far away the four roads that connected Canaguá to the southern towns could be seen. And it was there among the coffee plantations and the cattle, that Pedro Maria stopped and watched the image of his grandfather Don Domingo like a miracle. This old and wise “Shaman” would help him design his trip towards an ancient secret. This journey has as a goal to recreate the authentic and traditional treats of the people living in the Southern Towns. This personal journal, this traveling dairy, will try to reconstruct the ancient path that is designed and modeled in the wooden sculptures, knits, basketwork, straw hats, mats and baskets, which are also part of the oral history, legends and tales in the tradition of those professions. Gestures, silences and songs reveal to us a collective conscience and the roots of a culture. So then, Pedro Maria will take us towards the traces of his ancestors. The fourteen southern towns will be in front of him, to see them, discover them, understand them, to taste them and to feel them. This will be the quest for a secret, a message, on a path of frailejones … Our guide will be one of the condors that fly over the southern towns of the Venezuelan Andes.
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Shooting: December 2009 February 2010
First print: Jan 2011