Scene from the film Utama
scene from the film UTAMA
UTAMA (2022, dir. Alejandro Loayza Grisi)

In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living a tranquil life for years. While he takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, she keeps house and walks for miles with the other local women to fetch precious water.

When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, Virginio and Sisa must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city.

Their dilemma is precipitated by the arrival of their grandson Clever, who comes to visit with news. The three of them must face, each in their own way, the effects of a changing environment, the importance of tradition, and the meaning of life itself.

Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s moving debut feature won the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Dramatic) at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Part of our series on Environmental Action on Screen and New Visions, New Voices.

more info at this website: www.almafilms.net/en/peliculas/utama

In Spanish, Quechua with English subtitles