In 1970 an avalanche erased the colonial town of Yungay. A bunch of survivors fought for its rebuilding, just a kilometer away. Now they struggle with their memories, daily life and the menace of Peru’s highest peak, Huascarán, which provides them with water while threatening to crush them again.
The survivors chat on a local radio station, in both Quechua and Spanish, shortly before the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. Their voices echo the past life of the town, as the new citizens try to progress and take advantage of the cemetery and the beauty of the snow-capped mountains, which attract many tourists.
The mountain, once sacred and now feared, speaks for itself. Those who still remember know they should pay attention. The ice breaks off, the earth trembles.
Raquel Calvo. Director
Raquel Calvo (huts) is a journalist and social communicator with more than 20 years of experience in both fields.
In 2016, during her collaboration in Yungay (Peru) with the San Viator community radio, promoted by the association of educommunicators Viator Yachatsikuqna Ayllukasahqa, she learned about the history of the city. The need to tell that story prompted her to participate in the Open Image Workshop, directed by Juan Arrosagaray at the EAO / LAE in Vitoria-Gasteiz, of which she has been a part since then.
In 2017 she promoted the production of various audiovisual works, including two documentaries about Western Sahara, for the Association of Friends of the SADR of Álava: A hole in the wall, by Carlos Moure, and Laatash, by Elena Molina. This work involves the meeting with Elena Molina, with whom he shares the commitment to tell stories together with their protagonists, with a critical perspective to promote social justice and human rights.
In 2019 she obtained the Artistic Creation and Human Rights scholarship from the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council and the Montehermoso Cultural Center of that city, which allows to start the filming of Yungay7020.
Elena Molina. Director
After studying Audiovisual Communication at the Complutense University of Madrid, Elena Molina specialized in Creative Documentary at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, where she began working with director Isaki Lacuesta and producer Marta Andreu. She keep studying documentary alongside renowned directors as Patricio Guzman, N. Philibert, Frederick Waisman or Belkis Vega (EICTV) with whom she has collaborated as associate teacher on her Creative Documentary for Women Workshop in Barcelona, and with Swiss director Marianne Pletscher in their ‘Master in Observational Documentary’ at the Menéndez Pelayo University.
As an independent director, she has focused on human rights and etnographic films, carrying out projects in Burkina Faso, Kuwait, Haití, Cape Verde and the Sahara desert, as the short films Quand j’étais petit, Le cimetière des marionnettes or Laatash and her first feature documentary Rêve de Mousse, co-produced by Tv3. Her work has been selected and awarded in international film festivals and anthropological and contemporary art museums as CCCB in Barcelona, Hammer Museum in L.A or the Anthropological National Museum of Madrid.
She is currently working on her second documentary documentary feature film “Remember my name”, co-produced by Boogaloo Films and Les Films D’Ici and with the support of France Tv, project selected in the developing program ESODOC European Social Documentary 2019, and Films Femmes Méditerranée 2019, DocsBarcelona 2020 and MIRADAS DOC 2021.
Team and technical data
A film by Raquel Calvo and Elena Molina
Produced by Raquel Calvo with the help of Viator Yachatsikuqkuna Ayllukashqa
Writen and directed by: Raquel Calvo and Elena Molina
Photography: Elena Molina
Direct sound: Mikel Echevarría, William Mayo, Yoli Gibaja, Raquel Calvo
Production assistants: Jesús Prudencio, Clemencia Aranibar, Darío Romero, Fidel E. Mendoza, Félix ‘El Gato’
Film editing: Maitane Carballo, Zuriñe López de Sabando
Traditional music played by: Christian Tapia
Sound design: Maitane Carballo, Aitor Amozarrain
Sound edition: Aitor Amozarrain
Color: Color en Movimiento
Interviews and translations: Raquel Calvo, Jesús Prudencio, Mikel Pérez
Graphics: Juan Arrosagaray
Collaborators: Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council and Montehermoso Cultural Center