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The people of the Bolivian highlands blend in thought and practice the traditional magic of the region and the religion of their conquerors. A fatal automobile accident, coincident with the festival of Santiago, provides occasion for unique expressions of both faith and magic in the effort to influence events. Filmmaker:…
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An Aymara family plants potatoes, prepares and eats a meal, and discusses the religious and astronomical forces that control their destiny. The stark routine of this typical planting day contrasts with thecomplexity of their beliefs. About the Faces of Change collection This revolutionary series of 26 - 16mm films and…
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Viracocha
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Bolivia / Faces of Change collection
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Women of the Mine - Female Miners in Bolivia
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The Devil's Miner  - The Story of 2 Young Silver Miners in Bolivia
An astonishing portrait of two brothers, 14-year-old Basilio and 12-year-old Bernardino, who work deep inside the silver mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia. Raised without a father and living on the slopes of the mine, Basilio and his brother must work the mines when they are not in school to help…
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Uncle Poison
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Cochengo Miranda
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