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Altiplano

Altiplano · dir. Peter Brosens, Jessica Hope Woodworth
Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium 2009, 109’
Polish premiere

War photographer Grace, devastated by a violent incident in Iraq, renounces her profession. Her Belgian husband, Max, is a cataract surgeon working at an eye clinic in the high Andes of Peru. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba succumb to illnesses caused by a mercury spill from a local mine. Saturnina, a young woman in Turubamba, loses her fiancé to the contamination. The villagers turn their rage on the foreign doctors, and in the ensuing riot Max is killed. Saturnina takes drastic measures to protest against the endless violations towards her people and their land. Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of Max’s death. Altiplano is a lyrical and probing film about our divided but inextricably linked world.

Director:Peter Brosens, Jessica Hope Woodworth
Screenplay:Peter Brosens, Jessica Hope Woodworth
Music:Michel Schöpping
Cinematography:Francisco Gózon
Editing:Nico Leunen
Cast:Magaly Solier, Jasmin Tabatabai, Olivier Gourmet, Edgar Condori, Behi Djanati Atai

Jessica Hope Woodworth (born in 1971) — she is a former TV writer-producer-director. After making The Virgin Diaries, a documentary filmed in Morocco, she chose to join Peter Brosens for a fruitful collaboration, still in progress.

Peter Brosens is a Belgian filmmaker and cultural antopologist (born in Leuven, Flanders in 1962). Brosens’ first film is an award-winning documentary filmed in Ecuador in 1992, The Path of Time. He then directed and produced his internationally acclaimed Mongolia Trilogy.

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