Yvy Maraey / Land without Evil
| Sat 24th June 8.30pm @ Addison Road Community Centre
| Andrés, a ‘karai’ or white man, has lost touch with his inner self and is going through a creative and spiritual crisis. He becomes obsessed with the existence of an uncorrupted and secluded Guaraní population, which might hold the answer he needs. Andrés hires Yari to guide him on a road trip deep into Guaraní lands in modern-day Bolivia, where the white man is the minority. Their journey is one of self-discovery and intercultural understanding. In order to find the land without evil, Andrés must learn to see by listening and realise that the Guaraní are not simply anthropological specimens for observation. Yvy Maraey is a metaphorical portrayal of the essence of filmmaking and a philosophical illustration of personal evolution.
Bolivia / Mexico / Norway, 105 min
Canada International Film Festival 2014
Won Best Feature Film for Royal Reel Award
Havana Film Festival 2013
Won Best Sound
Mar del Plata Film Festival 2013
Nominated Best Film International Competition
About the Guarani & the Land Without Evil
For the Guarani, land is the origin of all life. But violent invasions by ranchers have devastated their territory and nearly all of their land has been stolen.
For as long as they can remember, the Guarani have been searching – searching for a place revealed to them by their ancestors where people live free from pain and suffering, which they call ‘the land without evil’.
Over hundreds of years, the Guarani have travelled vast distances in search of this land.
One 16th century chronicler noted their ‘constant desire to seek new lands, in which they imagine they will find immortality and perpetual ease’.
This permanent quest is indicative of the unique character of the Guarani, a ‘difference’ about them which has often been noted by outsiders.
Today, this manifests itself in a more tragic way: profoundly affected by the loss of almost all their land in the last century, the Guarani suffer a wave of suicide unequalled in South America.
The problems are especially acute in Mato Grosso do Sul where the Guarani once occupied a homeland of forests and plains totaling some 350,000 square kilometers.
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