La Paz, BO: Since I'm temporarily based overseas to help my mom w/ her health, here's the 1st of some short (travel) blog posts I'm writing in a postcard format.
I couldn’t pass up a Pacha Mama movie! Pacha mama’s gift, known by it’s Spanish title El Regalo de Pachamama is an indie film that recently premiered here in La Paz, Bolivia. Japanse director Toshifumi Matsushita tells the story of a young boy, Kuntari, living in the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – the world’s largest salt flat. Kuntari joins his father on a long and cold journey to distribute salt to people living in remote areas. Naturally, they bring a small herd of llamas to carry the salt and encounter many adventures/misadventures along the way. Don’t worry, no real llamas were harmed in the making of this movie. I suppose it’s a coming-of-age story as Kuntari has some of his first experiences with grief, love and loss. The scenery of blinding white salt dessert and cloudless blue skies left me without words (a rare occurence). Yup, I sniffled at a few parts of the movie, but I still came away smiling at the end.