ÁLVARO & DIEGO SARMIENTO: SEMBRADORAS DE VIDA (MOTHERS OF THE LAND)
For foodculture days Biennial 2020/2021 — Chapter 2, the full documentary will be screened in Vevey, while soundtracks and backstage photos are available on FCD website. Screening at Les Communs, Friday, May 28, 2021, 20:00 and Sunday, May 30 at 15:00.
Sembradoras de Vida (2019) is a documentary film accompanying five women from the Andean highlands in their daily struggle to maintain a traditional and organic way of working the land. In the Andean Cosmovision, women and earth are strongly interrelated. Both a woman’s body and the earth’s soil are capable of giving and nurturing life. In the context of an ever-growing industrialization of agriculture, with the increasing use of chemical pesticides and genetically modified seeds, it is women who — connected to earth through the bounds of sisterhood — take on the role of protectors of the land.
Álvaro Sarmiento: Born in Lima (Peru), 1982. Lives and works around the world. Diego Sarmiento: Born in Lima (Peru), 1984. Lives and works in Cuzco, Peru. Peruvian brothers and directors whose films champion the rights of indigenous peoples and the cause of environmental conservation. Their feature-length debut, Río Verde. El tiempo de los Yakurunas (“Green River. The Time of the Yakurunas”) premiered in the 2017 Berlinale Forum and was shown at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight in 2019. Diego has directed several short films, two of which screened at the Berlinale: Earth’s Children in Generation in 2014 and Sonia’s Dreamin the 2015 Culinary Cinema. Álvaro, who is also a visual artist and screenwriter, is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts & Literary Arts Residency.