Spanish / Quechua
DCP / ProRes
The film follows the traces of the indigenous photographer Martín Chambi (b.1891) in the Quechua communities he immortalized in his portraiture, to question how the spaces he registered have changed over time.
THUS SPOKE THE MOUNTAINS is a minimalist road movie through Cuzco, depicting syncretism, and festivities to investigate what remains of Andean culture 50 years after Chambi’s death.
This visual poem is dedicated to early black and white photography history and Cuzco light.
64 DOK Leipzig. Germany, 2021
Best Peruvian Film - 25 Lima Film Festival. Peru, 2021
Special Mention - 9 Trujillo Film Festival. Peru, 2022
Best Documentary Feature - 5 Sharjah Film Platform. UEA, 2022
15 One World Human Rights IDFF. Romania, 2022
11 Jerusalem Anthropological Film Festival. Israel, 2022
8 Maoriland Indigenous Film Festival. New Zeland, 2022
Art Museum of Estonia. Estonia, 2022
Concept by: Alvaro Sarmiento
Executive Producers: Alvaro Sarmiento, Diego Sarmiento & Juan Francisco Gonzalez
Screenwriter: Alvaro Sarmiento
Cinematography: Diego Sarmiento, Herny Pilares & Sebastian Pavese
Sound: Alex Cruz & Marco Panatonic
Edition: Alex Cruz & Alvaro Sarmiento
Color Grading: Johan Carrasco
Sound Design: Miguel Llanque
Sound Post Production: Miguel Jara Acevedo
Production Assistants: Carlos Sarmiento & Ofelia Pagán