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ILWEN - La tierra tiene olor a padre (The earth smells of father)

Francisco Huichaqueo

2013, 34:35 minutes, colour, Mapudungun and Spanish with English Subtitles

TAPECODE 1038.10

Through a poetic language Francisco Huichaqueo, visual artist, paints a self-portrait with his father. This is the love story of a son and his father - both of Mapuche origin, and of the father towards the land. Through memories of a harsh economic reality he remembers the difficulties of his childhood and the distancing of his own father from the indigenous community they all belong to. His own affection for his children flourishes through his love of nature. This is his legacy. The images lured by the author's camera are witnesses and accomplices of that love. The garden patch is the place of bonding between parent and child as well as of self-affirmation of Mapu_Che (people of the earth) roots and beliefs. This work is cultivated between the memories of discrimination, deprivation and distress, but also in the amazed contemplation of the beauty and wonders of nature in the southern paradise of the Mapuche Nation.

A través de un lenguaje poético Francisco Huichaqueo, artista visual, pinta un autorretrato junto a su padre. Es la historia de amor de un hijo hacia su padre, ambos de origen Mapuche y de su padre hacia la tierra. Desde los recuerdos de su dura realidad económica el padre relata las dificultades de su infancia y la desvinculación del abuelo de la comunidad indígena a la que todos pertenecen. Al mismo tiempo el cariño hacia sus hijos florece a través de su amor por la naturaleza. Este es su legado. Las imágenes atraídas por la cámara del autor son cómplices y testigo de este amor. La huerta es el momento de unión entre padre e hijo y es el lugar de autoafirmación de raíces y creencias Mapu_Che (gente de la tierra). Esta obra se cultiva entre recuerdos de discriminación, privación y desamparo, pero al mismo tiempo de contemplación asombrada ante la belleza y las maravillas de la naturaleza en el paraíso austral de la Nación Mapuche.

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