DOCUMENTARY – 2007
ARGENTINA’S BORDERS – SERIES
produced by the Secretary of Culture for Canal Encuentro (Argentina)
Frontier between Argentina and Paraguay: Mission La Paz, Salta.
Passing throuhg the woods in Tartagal to Mission La Paz is not easy. In summer, rains and the rising river can cut the way and turn a trip of a few kilometers into a journey of more than ten hours. In winter it is like crossing a desert dust.
An old bus makes the trip three times a week, communicating towns and landscapes, moving food, animals and luggage piled on the roof. It is ominous to see a Wichi aboriginal get off the bus, charged with a handbag and disappear into the forest. Where there seemed to be nothing, there is something. This turns out to be the clear image of a hidden culture.
In the small village of Mission La Paz, an international bridge that joins Argentina and Paraguay has been erected less then 20 years ago. Designed as the spearhead of a new bi-oceanic corridor – a pharaonic project that never materialized – the international bridge stands as a symbol of civilization, whose progress gradually changes the physiognomy and customs of the region.
In this context we find several men and women who live there and think about the future in different ways. Some of them are Laureano Segovia a Wichi writer who wrote three books on “The Ancients”; Daniel Nielli, a social worker descendant of Italian immigrants, born in Chivilcoy living there for 20 years; and Victor Gonzalez, the chief of Mission La Paz, and grandson of the former chief who led the taking of the bridge during its construction in the 90’s.
The international border in Mission La Paz is not only blurred by the capricious river Pilcomayo, also by the idea of an Argentina spoken in Wichi or Chorote by a cultyre hidden in the Chaco forest. When we asked Artin Bravo (and old musician and shaman) what he most liked about living in Mision La Paz, he replied: “being Argentine.”
DIRECTORS: Sebastián Antico and Gianfranco Quattrini
PRODUCERS: Diego Marquís and Julián Troksberg
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Eduardo Yedlin
FIELD PRODUCER: Diego Calderón
EDITING: Sebastián Antico and Gianfranco Quattrini
SOUND DESIGN: Esteban Golobucki