Wildcards - Ik ben niet dood, ik slaap

Juan Sebastian Lopez Maas Short documentary - 2011 - 45 min.

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The donkey occupies a special place in Peru, and not only because the animal can carry heavy loads. According to a Peruvian piece of wisdom, a deceased person’s soul returns in the form of a donkey. To an Afro-Peruvian musician, a donkey jaw, which is very carefully unearthed in one scene, is an important percussion instrument. The donkey is honoured with beautiful images and tender close-ups. We see them carry those heavy loads, but also roam around freely across the grand Peruvian mountain landscape. And we see a weary donkey die a natural death. A man tells why he prefers his donkey to a woman, a musician shows how the donkey jaw is played - the teeth and molars rattle rhythmically in the bone. Apart from an ode to the donkey, the film is an impressive reflection on death: it is needless to mourn people who have abandoned the earth, because the dead remain alive as long as we remember them.

Credits

Producer(s) Denis Vaslin
Production Company Volya Films
Production Country
Netherlands