01 July 2017 | staff | teleSUR
Ecuador’s first movie produced almost completely in Kichwa with Indigenous artists hit theaters Friday, telling the story of campesinos defending their land.
The movie, “Killa: The Road to Resistance,” portrays injustices suffered by those who oppose an illegal occupation of their ancestral territories by a mining company and the fight to reclaim the community’s natural resources.
Production for Killa, which means “moon” in Kichwa, began in 2012 and was filmed in the Andean province of Imbabura, north of the capital city of Quito.
“The main idea is to denounce the authoritarian acts when companies find mines or oil in Indigenous communities and they are not consulted for their exploitation,” said the Indigenous director Alberto Muenala.
Muenala said he expects the project to inspire a new generation of producers from the different ancestral communities and nationalities of Ecuador with the intent of providing more funding for similar film projects underway.
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