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The Secret Nation

Set against the turbulent backdrop of a military coup, this Bolivian film follows Sebastian Maisman (Reynaldo Yujra), who returns to his former Aymara village after life in the city but ultimately disgraces his community by collaborating with the corrupt government and embezzling aid money. As a rite of expiation, he decides to journey to his homeland once more and enact the ancient Jacha Tata Danzanti, a ceremony in which the performer dances himself to death as a sacrificial offering. This series of events is told through a darting, elliptical mode of continuity, inspired by the Aymara’s cyclical notion of time.

New York: Jan. 16 at Light Industry.

Earlier Event: January 16
The Impure
Later Event: January 18
Sundance Film Festival