Eldorado XXI


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Eldorado XXI
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This 21st century El Dorado over 5000 meters high is an inhospitable place, where untold numbers of people live and work in the most precarious of conditions. Salomé Lamas has constructed a cinematic diptych. First, while an hour-long single take from a fixed camera position shows an endless stream of mine workers, voiceovers speak of cold, hunger, atrocities and lawlessness. The second half of the film places something everyday alongside all this: chitchat while chewing coca leaves, rituals with music and dancing. It’s only then that the true eeriness of the setting comes to light.