The poet César Vallejo was born in Santiago de Chuco in Peru. A group of filmmakers went to the small village in the Andes and interviewed the citizens and took in the local sights. The result is a charming and very much alive film.
This is one of the hidden gems of Neighboring Scenes. It was a film I fell into and just went with smiling at it for the whole two or so hours. Its an insidious film that starts with two musicians talking on the street. We get swept up watching them talk. The film then switches to a man explaining how to play an old person. The discussion pulled me in and the next thing I new was I losing myself in the stories being told by the various people on screen. Somehow the formalness of the interviews made it less so and it was like hanging out with someone you just met.
I was in heaven.
If you want to know why I love Neighboring Scenes it’s because every year I get to discovers wonders such as this.
Go see it.