Peru’s Romulo Sulca Ricra is developing road movie “Ayahuanco”

Peruvian director Rómulo Sulca Ricra is already developing his next project while awaiting the premiere of his first feature film Once Upon a Time in the Andes, which will be presented in Sanfic Industria, Chile. Under the working title “Ayahuanco” it will be about a man who returns to Peru after a stay in Europe.

“He left because of the political situation in the country – his mother was forcibly sterilized as part of former President Alberto Fujimori’s birth control program in the 1990s. Now she’s dying of ovarian cancer,” says Sulca Ricra, calling his new endeavor “ambitious.”

“It’s going to be a road movie! It takes place in Lima, Ticlio, we start on the Pacific coast and move through the Peruvian Andes and the jungle. This character reconnects upon his return, learning about his roots and learning new details about his parents. His father was part of [the communist guerrilla] Group called Shining Path, Sendero Luminoso.”

Before embarking on this adventure, Sulca Ricra will remind the world of “Rabonas” in Once Upon a Time in the Andes: women who married their husbands in the 19th centuryth Forced to fight when their husbands were unable to do so. But young shepherdess Margarita chooses the other side when she rescues an injured Chilean soldier. When he recovers, they fall in love, but the local community imprisons the enemy.

“To me, Margarita represents my own mother. She died when she was in her twenties and didn’t learn to read or write,” notes Sulca Ricra, who chose to work mainly with amateurs, with the exception of actor Juan Cano, who recently credited in Rotterdam’s title Phantom Project see was.

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Once upon a time in the Andes
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“Before loyalty comes love. Margarita tries to break the rules of her society. She doesn’t care about them, doesn’t care about the war. She takes care of her instincts. It’s very revealing because we people in the Andes still don’t care about external wars. We are in our own universe.”

Sulca Ricra wanted to use the Quechua language in the film.

“In its pure form, although more likely to be mixed with Spanish these days, it represents the indigenous people of Peru.”

Despite his film’s title, which recalls the works of Sergio Leone, he says he didn’t try to refer to famous westerns. At least not on purpose.

“I guess I stayed close to the western genre, but it wasn’t my intention. It was more subconscious than that. People in Peru, in South America or in Latin America, consume a lot of these films, including Leone’s.”

His current focus is telling his own stories, making films about the place he’s from and shooting them in Quechua, he says, also commenting on the Academy’s recent apology to Sacheen Littlefeather, made in 1973 at the request of Marlon Brando took the stage, refusing to accept his award for The Godfather.

Littlefeather spoke about the stereotypes of Native Americans in the entertainment industry and the Wounded Knee protest in South Dakota. In June, the academy’s former president, David Rubin, acknowledged “the abuse” she suffered after her speech, calling it “unjustified and unjustified.”

“It’s never too late to apologize, although it’s hard to tell how sincere it was and how much it meant that someone was trying to make themselves look better. And show that the Oscars, who have had racist incidents in the past, are now trying to do a better job,” he says.

“I admired this woman because she didn’t care what people thought. She spoke her truth. We aborigines are the original owners of these lands, but cinema would portray us as violent robbers, aggressors and unworthy of love. It is also important not to exoticize ourselves anymore. We are not works of art for you to look at or display in your home.”

“It’s difficult for people from South America or Peru to get the help we need to make films. But there are so many languages ​​and cultures in this country and they deserve to be shown to the world,” he adds.

“We finally have the power to show who we really are. I would definitely like to do that.”

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Charles Jones

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