THE RETURN OF DON LUIS

EL RETORNO DE DON LUIS

By Sebastián DEUS

OCELLUS DOCUMENTAL - as PROD

Western - Post-Production 2014

This is the story of Don Luis Millan, a 70 year old Mapuche man, born in Patagonia. Don Luis returns seeking to recover his identity, erased by years of discrimination and cultural impositions beyond its origin.

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FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE MAR DEL PLATA 2013
WORK IN PROGRESS
Ventana Sur 2014
Latam
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Western, Second film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 72 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sebastián DEUS
    • Writer(s)
    • Sebastián DEUS
    • Producer(s)
    • Sebastian DEUS (OCELLUS DOCUMENTAL)
    • Synopsis
    • This is the story of Don Luis Millan, a 70 years Mapuche old man, born in Patagonia. Don Luis returns seeking to recover an identity erased by years of discrimination and cultural impositions beyond its origin.
      As he reaches the Ñorquinco village, place he left at age 15, Don Luis discovers there is nothing left, only a scattered ranch and the ruins of the school where he studied. Waiting there still, where the river and an old tree where he played as a child.
      Is in this place where he sits down to write a letter to his grandchildren telling the story of his life. As he writes past memories invade bringing travels, landscapes and characters.
      Don Luis was born in 1941, the first generation after the “conquest of the desert”. He was born and raised in Argentina but abuses suffered by their ancestor where denied. They gave him the name of Castilian (Mapuche names were banned) despite being the son of Mapuches and living in the area the Maiten.
      The key of this documentary is not only the story of Don Luis, but the complex issues of identity. This is not a film of Mapuche communities besieged looking to live as before, this is a film that tries to show that Argentina's population, mainly in the provinces, is a direct descendant of the original communities.
      A study by the University of Buenos Aires, revealed that 60% of the population declines of native peoples. Many men and women say they have a grandmother Mapuche, but not recognized in their cultural identity and in demanding rights.
      My intention is that this film opens the debate about who we are and where we came from, to encourage the pursuit of our own history.


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