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Hija de la laguna (2015)

At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lake she considers to be her mother.


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Cast overview:
Nélida Ayay Chilón Nélida Ayay Chilón ... Herself
Maxima Acuna Atalaya Chaupe Maxima Acuna Atalaya Chaupe ... Herself
Andrea Martínez Martínez Andrea Martínez Martínez ... Herself
Bibi van der Velden Bibi van der Velden ... Herself
Marco Arana Marco Arana ... Himself


At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lake she considers to be her mother.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They want to dry out her lakes to mine gold. She will use all her powers to avoid it.




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Spanish | Dutch | English

Release Date:

April 2015 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La figlia del lago See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Guarango Cine y Video See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Lake Spirits
24 August 2016 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

Landscape splendor, power struggle, violence, faith and cultural heritage all mix in this remarkable documentary about Nélida Ayay Chilón, a young Native American woman who witnesses the imminent disappearance of a lagoon in her land, a water body surrounded by the majestic Andes, as a mining company (with the support of the Peruvian government) threatens to extract the gold below the lake, destroy the ecosystem and the water source of many local peasants, and rob the woman of her land. Once again an audiovisual portrait reaffirms the abuse of Native Americans by those who struggle for power and wealth. The film follows Nélida in her efforts to prevent the destruction, and shows us the conflict with his miner father and the violent reaction of the police force in the streets against protesters, which leaves a balance of five dead. As a sudden and unexpected contrast, director Ernesto Cabellos Damián introduces a Dutch jewelry designer, whose worldview sustains her apparently neutral and depoliticized life style, and who is able to witness the method used to extract the gold used in her creations, and perhaps understand that a decimated nature denies life. As unifying elements, the soundtrack contains the invocations Nélida makes to the water spirits, asking for strength and protection; and the magnificent images, captured by Carlos Sanchez and Jessica Steiner, emphasize the drama and make clear the measure of destruction threatening the calm beauty

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