Gustavo Salvatierra returns home to Sip’ohi, in the impenetrable Chaco forest region in north-western Argentina, to capture Wichí culture and spirit through their ingrained tradition of storytelling. With great respect and from a certain distance, he approaches the bearers of local tradition – and listens. These tales and legends have an expressive strength that triggers the imagination far beyond the filmic imagery. Gustavo and his assistant Felix ponder: what is the purpose of preserving a culture? Who benefits from this, the community itself or the outside world? Sebastián Lingiardi documents Gustavo’s creative process with a calm, contemplative rhythm which mirrors the Wichí interpretation of nature and pace of life.
by Sebastián Lingiardi
with Gustavo Salvatierra, Andrés Segundo, Leticia Gonzales, Félix Segundo