Apenas El Sol
Nothing But The Sun
Country: Paraguay, Switzerland
Runtime: 74 mins.
Facing the consequences of a violent uprooting, Mateo Sobode Chiqueno has been recording stories, songs, and testimonies of his Ayoreo people since the seventies. In an attempt to preserve fragments of a disappearing culture, Mateo walks across communities in the arid and desolate Paraguayan Chaco region, and registers on cassettes the experiences of other Ayoreo who, like him, were born in the vast forest, free and nomadic, without any contact with white civilization, until religious missionaries forced them to abandon their ancestral territory, their means of subsistence, their beliefs and their home.
Film presented with the kind support of the Swiss Embassy in Mexico.
Arami Ullón was born in Asunción, Paraguay, in 1978. She has been working in the audiovisual field since 1995. She was part of the production team of films such as El toque del oboe (Claudio MacDowell, Paraguay, Brazil, 1997) and Miami Vice (Michael Mann, USA, 2006). Ullón is also producer of 18 cigarillos y medio (Marcelo Tolces, Paraguay, Mexico, Spain, 2011). She directed two short films: Ausencia de un nombre propio (Paraguay, 1998) and Beckon (Paraguay, 2000). Her first feature documentary, El Tiempo Nublado (Switzerland, Paraguay, 2014), was selected in more than 70 international festivals, including Locarno Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine de la Habana. It was also selected in the very distinguished documentary festivals, of Visions du Réel (Switzerland) and Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (Canada).
Cast Mateo Sobode Chiqueno.
Cinematography: Gabriel Lobos.
Production: Pascal Trächslin.
Screenplay: Arami Ullón.
Editing: Valeria Racioppi (Sae), Rebecca Trösch.
Music: Canciones tradicionales del pueblo Ayoreo.
Sound: Reto Stamm, Jacques Kieffer.