'Wiñaypacha' the first Peruvian movie filmed entirely in the Aymara language, has been chosen to represent Peru at the U.S. Academy Awards (Oscars) and the Goyas (the Spanish academy awards).
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has revealed that 'Wiñaypacha' (Eternity), a film directed by Oscar Catacora, is short-listed for entry into competitive categories of the U.S. and Spanish cinematographic academies, known as the Oscars and Goya, respectively.
The Peruvian applications for award categories are sent to the academies by the Ministry of Culture. In the upcoming months, both academies will decide which films are nominated. 'Wiñaypacha' was selected by a committee formed by 16 representatives of the cinematographic associations in Peru.
The film tells the story of an elderly couple, abandoned by their children, who live wishing for their visit while maintaining their religious customs of being respectful to nature. The film first premiered at the 21st Lima Film Festival on Aug 4, 2017, then internationally at the 32nd International Film Festival of Mar del Plata in Argentina, last year.
'Wiñaypacha' won the Best Opera Prima (best film) and the Mayahuel (best photography) prizes at the 33rd International Film Festival of Guadalajara in Mexico. The film also received an honorable mention at the Festival de Cine de las Alturas in Argentina.
During the premiere of the film, Oscar Catacora told local media that "the movie is completely filmed in the Aymara language; it's a purely indigenist (advocating for indigenous people) film." Catacora explained that the objective of his work is to promote the Andean culture through cinematography and to raise awareness to the problem of social exclusion suffered by the Indigenous peoples, especially in the Andes.