Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious ... See full summary »
Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o'clock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and can't see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa and her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change the destiny of the girl. Written by
This movie portrays an extremely negative, sadistic and morbid picture of indigenous people of Peru. I have no doubts that Peruvian indigenous culture has it's downfalls, but I feel that a critique of it's society should not come from an elitist white Peruvian who lives in Europe. This movie is part of the history of using film to inseminate and reproduce cultural ignorance, prejudice and racial superiority.
It's unfortunate that the spectacle- beautiful cinematography, colors, sounds- mesmerizes most audiences without eliciting any real critique. I'm amazed that it's won so many festivals and received so much attention. This is very telling on how very racist our world and the media, even indymedia, is.
In response to those that say it's "just fiction" or "just a film," like they say in Spanish, "en broma en broma la verdad se asoma." (in jokes, truth is reveled). Especially when dealing with a community that is extremely invisible, misrepresented and voiceless in it's own country not to mention in the world, racist jokes just aren't funny, especially when they come from a voice of white-privilege.
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