As part of the NYU community’s outreach to New York residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, Avery Fisher Center & Cantor Film Center will present a free screening of El Regalo de la Pachamama followed by a discussion with director Toshifumi Matsushita.
Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th Street, Theater 200, 2nd floor
“Pachamama” is a spiritual docudrama about a 13-year-old Quechua boy in Bolivia on his first salt caravan, “the Salt Trail,” a traditional trek that his family has undertaken for generations. The journey unfolds as the boy (and the viewer) encounter discoveries and surprises about traditional cultures in highland Bolivia.
Variety calls “Pachamama” a “delightful celebration [of a] vanishing way of life.” Director Toshifumi Matsushita utilizes non-professional actors in an “unpretentious and warm” manner in this “charmingly loose road odyssey” named for the Quechua earth goddess, Pachamama.
Awards: Montreal World Film Festival, Golden Zenith Award, 2008; HBO New York Latino Film Festival 2010, Audience Award for Best Film.
The event is free and open to the public. However, audience members are asked to make a donation to a disaster-relief charity of their choice to assist those neighbors who are still struggling to recover after Hurricane Sandy. Informational handouts on numerous charities will be provided at the screening.