In this spiritual tale set in Bolivia, a 13-year-old boy named Kunturi lives in the traditional way with his family near the salt lake of Uyuni. One spring he goes with his father on his first caravan. Strapping blocks of salt to the backs of their llamas, they follow the “Salt Trail” for months, exchanging the precious mineral for other products of the Andes. Along the way, the boy discovers who he is as a young man and a Quechua. As the trip comes to a close, he meets a beautiful girl at a festival. Their two young hearts awaken as they share a simple but profound dream: to ride a bicycle together across the salt lake. By the end he discovers what his grandmother meant by “The Gift of Pachamama.” pachamama_2

Director and Writer: Toshifumi Matsushita
Location: Bolivia/Japan
Duration: 104 minutes

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