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Cebaldo, an indigenous Dule man from Panama, works at a fishing port in northern Portugal, where he escapes his daily routine by retreating into his memories at night. Overcome by loneliness, he decides to make the trip back across the ocean to his village in Guna Yala, where a botanical doctor confronts him with the impossibility of returning to the past that he seeks. We see footage of traditional ceremonies and political uprisings, along with stories of various creation myths and the often-ignored history of the indigenous man Panquiaco, who showed 16th-century Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa the path from the Caribbean to the South Sea —now called the Pacific Ocean. While Balboa is credited with this "discovery" in Panamanian culture, Panquiaco remains largely unknown. This docu-narrative hybrid of the personal journey of a man seeking a spiritual, ancestral awakening reinvigorates this lost history through a melancholic metaphor. Director Ana Elena Tejera wonderfully captures the spirit of a people with this brightly colored, atmospheric debut feature. Official Selection, 2020 Rotterdam and Panama film festivals. DIR/SCR Ana Elena Tejera; PROD María Isabel Burnes. Panama/Portugal, 2020, color, 84 min. In Dulegaya, Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED


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  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    84 minutes
  • Language
    Dulegaya, Portuguese and Spanish
  • Country
    Panama, Portugal
  • Rating
    NOT RATED
  • Note
    With English subtitles
  • Director
    Ana Elena Tejera
  • Screenwriter
    Ana Elena Tejera
  • Producer
    María Isabel Burnes
  • Cast
    Cebaldo de León Smith, Fernando Fernández