unconventional, dark story takes place in Ayacucha, a tiny village in
the rural Andes of Peru. Visitors are rare. And the people are suspect
of any stranger who might intrude. Three college students from Lima
have just arrived to do research for their Anthropology degree. Sebastián
(played by the film's director), Nilo and Ivón are working on
a study of the dire poverty in that community. But nothing can prepare
them for the utter hopelessness and cultural deficiency of the area.
They wander the empty streets with no hope of finding a place to stay,
pounding on doors but no one answers. Finally they meet a mourning woman
who is praying over the laid-out corpse of her brother. She lets students
stay with her in the small shack. In the morning - as she attempts to
bury her brother - the townspeople rise up against the woman, stoning
her for an evil incestuous life, a relationship that has brought a demon
named Qarqacha into Ayacucha.
is quite an opportunity to see an independent film from a third-world
country like Peru. But this one is even more significant. The director,
Melinton Eusebio, is actually from Ayacucha and he uses his knowledge
of the area to create the foundation for the movie. Shockingly, the
reality is he never even saw a film when he was young [there were no
theaters and no TV in that part of Peru]. His first cinematic experience
came when he moved to Lima for college. After helming this project with
fellow classmates (the first horror movie made in Peru), Melinton has
decided to pursue that venue. He has since directed Bullying Maldito
film from Peru, with optional ON/OFF English subtitles, 73 min, widescreen,
encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected trailers.
Intended for Mature Audiences