By Diego FIÓ


Drama - Completed 2015

Itaeté and Ulises, a Guraní old man and a guaraní young teenager, are immersed into the jungle, building a canoe. Itaeté is trying instilling a traditional legacy in the boy, but Ulises isn’t very interested. His true calling is music. He’s a rapper.

& Awards

BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2016
festival internacional de cine de Huesca 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama, Social issues, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 14 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Diego FIÓ
    • Writer(s)
    • Diego FIÓ
    • Producer(s)
    • Diego FIÓ (Raíces)
    • Synopsis
    • Itaeté (old man) and Ulises (15 years old) are immersed deep in de Misionera Jungle, camping. Ther are both Guaraní Indians and are working to turn a timbó tree into a traditional canoe. Itaeté is trying to instil the traditional legacy of canoe construction into the boy, but the boy doesn’t seem to show much interest. His true calling is music. He’s a prapper. Due to a little argument between them, the old man decides to manipulate the tree trunk by himself. It turns out to be too much for him to handle and the tree trunk rolls over the fire and starts to burn. Ulises runs to help him and, together, are able to save the canoe. But, while doing so, a coral snake bites the old man. Ulises doen’t realise this and continues to turn off the fire. The old man goes into the forest in search of a medicinal plant. After healing himself, he prays to his God for assistance. As night comes, Ulises goes to sleep, still mad about the quarrel. The boy ignores Itaeté’s predicament. On the following morning, the old man rises, convalescent. His arm swollen because of the venom. The boy notices the bite and carries him to the motorboat. They start their journey back home, but the old man is in a serious condition. During the journey, the boat runs out of gas and the boy starts rowing. By the time he gets reception on his phone, the old man is dead, but before dying, he has asked the boy to finish the work they had started together. Ulises goes back to the camping, burries the old man close to a young Timbó tree, and goes back to work on the Timbó tree trunk. As he removes the burnt bark with blows from his machete, he uses the beat of his work to start rapping again. His song speaks of Itaeté and the pride of being Guaraní. This time he isn’t rapping in Spanish. This time, Ulises raps in Guaraní.
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