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In 1970, after their wedding in Buenos Aires, Ron and Jacqueline went on a journey in the Andes, with backpacks and still cameras. Crossing Bolivia, on their way to Cuzco, they discovered the city of Potosi. 29 years later they return to the same places, this time with their three daughters and a film camera. A road movie, which is a depiction in the time dimension of Potosi and the Andes, as well as a journey of introspection for the filmmaker and his family. Potosi, at 4,100 meters altitude, was once one of the largest and richest cities in the world. Potosi symbolized the wealth to which western culture aspired. For the millions of indigenous people who were forced to work in the depths of the mountain, Potosi was the gate to Hell. After its silver mines were drained, Potosi was left poor and forgotten. As in his previous film, Fragments – Jerusalem, Ron Havilio uses personal materials to draw a portrait of an Israeli family on the road, the generation gap, and thoughts about the passage of time. Static and silent black and white images reconstructing the voyage of 1970 are juxtaposed with moving color images from 1999. In the transition from black and white to color, from photography to cinematography, from silence to the full and rich sound dimension, the director’s worldview also changes.

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Produced by : Patrick Sobelman
Company : EX NIHILO
Coproduced by : Ron Havilio
Partners : ARTE, New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and Television, Soros Documentary Fund

Genre : documentary
Duration : 2h04 et 1H50
Year of production : 2007
Available Versions : VA / VO STA, VF / VO STF

Distributor : Doc & Films International

TV Diffusion : 20/01/2008

Awards :
International film festival Era new horizons: Grand prix. Yamagata documentary film festival: Runner-up Prize - Award of Excellence. Hong Kong film festival: Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary.

Festival selections :
Yamagata documentary film festival, Yamagata, 2007. Hong Kong film festival, Hong Kong, 2007. RIDM, Montréal, 2007. Berlin international film festival, Berlin, 2007. International film festival Era new horizons, Wroclaw, 2007.

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