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The Great Movement 15 rating

When a Bolivian miner becomes sick he enters a fever dream that traverses the social fabric of his home city, in Kiri Russo's extraordinary, surreal odyssey.

Drama 2021 85 mins

Director: Kiro Russo


After walking for a week, Bolivian miner Elder and his companions arrive in La Paz to demand for the reinstatement of their job. Suddenly, Elder starts to feel sick... With the help of the elderly Mamá Pancha, Elder and his friends find work in the market. But Elder’s condition worsens, he’s choking and struggling for breath…

From its haunting opening montage, to the intense finale, traversing extraordinary urban landscapes Koyaanisqatsi-style along the way, Russo has fashioned a fever dream of a film that also explores the social fabric of his home city. Using non-professional actors (headed by Julio Cezar Ticona as unemployed miner Elder) and filmed in a semi-documentary style, with a surreal and joyous dance sequence added to the mix, The Great Movement is a haunting, intoxicating and wonderfully surprising experience that plants Russo firmly on the filmmaker map as a rare and intriguing talent.