Eldorado XXI

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Kasyklose nelengva, ne viskas auksas, kas auksu žiba.

In the Andes of Peru, in the mines of Rinconada, the lights are blinking: in this never-ending night, people are crawling up and down the insides of the mountain with the lights mounted on top of their helmets. They tell the story about the unbearable poverty which led them here, about how they learnt to find gold in a piece of stone, about the sacrifices one has to make to the goddesses of the Earth, about the lack of love and the loneliness, about shamans and merchants, about fear, violence and despair.

Hypnotic darkness of the depths is replaced by the landscapes of cliffs covered in thick mist, by the shots of invisible people trying to fight for their rights and by a mad masked dancing around the bonfire.

This film is a meticulously and sensibly build creative documentary exploring not only the daily routine of the miners in desolate lands, but also the feelings which are common to all of us: fears, aspirations and desires.  


The film was screened in Vienna International Film Festival, Austria, Bozar - Palais des Beaux-Arts – Berlinale Forum retrospective, Belgium, Festival de Cine de Lima, Peru, Gijon International Film Festival, Spain, 40th Hong Kong Film Festival HKIFF, China, New Directors New Films - Film Society and MoMA, USA, Berlinale Film Festival, Germany

Salomé Lamas

Salomé Lamas has studied cinema in Lisbon and Prague, visual arts (MFA) in Amsterdam and is a Ph.D candidate in film studies in Coimbra. Her works challenge the apparent boundary between documentary and fiction in the moving image. The director analyses the relation between the narrative, memory and history, she also tries to give an insight of the traumatic experiences, invisible history and colonial violence, always focusing on the human being.

The length of her films vary, and her work has been showcased both in art venues and film festivals such as the Netherlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, BAFICI, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Rome Film Festival, Documenta Madrid, Guggenheim Bilbao, Harvard Film Archive, Cinéma du Réel, etc. Lamas was awarded fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Bogliasco Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, etc.