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Rosa Chumbe | Peru

  • Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery 10 Daly Ave. Ottawa (map)


Rosa Chumbe

Dir. Jonatan Relayze, 2016 | 73 mins

Rosa Chumbe (a powerhouse performance by Liliana Trujillo) is a police officer with a drinking and gambling problem. This gets her into trouble with her superiors, who are constantly warning her to improve her ways. On top of that, she has problems with her daughter Sheyla who lives at home with her young baby. After Sheyla gets pregnant, she leaves with all of Rosa’s savings, abandoning her young baby boy. Rosa now has to look after her grandson, a responsibility for which she is not ready. The film is set in Lima in the middle of October, against the background of the “purple month”, when the famous Lord of Miracles procession takes place. Rosa has never believed in religion, but now finds herself needing a miracle to get by. A multiple award-winner at international festivals: Jury Award for Best Feature Film, Austin International Film Festival of the Americas; Jury Award for Best Feature Film; Best Peruvian Film at the Lima Latin American Film Festival; and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Montréal World Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize.

Spanish with English subtitles.

The film’s semi-surrealism is accentuated by these many dimensions, yet it is not exactly a surreal film. It shocks and surprises with moments of both grim realism and reality-bending. What makes this all so effective is that the film never needs to explain anything. It shows instead of tells.”