16 October 2015 - 24 October 2015, 5:00pm
NBC Universal Canada Screening Room - 4955, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4
The Andean Horror Film Fest welcomes you to a celebration of folklore, fantasy and horror never before seen in Canadian screens. Produced in the Peruvian Andes, these films are audiovisual adaptations of local folktales, featuring such mythological monsters as the Jarjacha (a part man-part llama demon), the Pishtaco (the White assassin), and the Kharisiri (the evil shaman). By merging folklore and genre, their narratives explore social insecurities, political climates and aspirations, as they resonate with the aftermath of the internal armed conflict that shook Peru (1980-2000).
Don’t miss this unique event (the films are not available online)!
October 16, 17, 23 and 24, 5 - 9 pm
Opening Reception: October 16, 8 pm
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Room 4955 (4th Floor)
149 West Hastings St.
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Friday, October 16, 5 pm
Saturday, October 24, 5 pm
The Curse of Jarjacha (2002)
Ayacucho, Peru. Directed by Palito Ortega Matute.
Spanish with English subtitles. 93 minutes.
In a small isolated village in Ayacucho strange events lead to mysterious deaths. The neighbours blame them on the presence of jarjachas, were-llama demons into which incestuous couples transform as a punishment for their sin. After their aunt and uncle go missing, Cirilo and Mateo set on a quest to hunt down the beasts.
Friday, October 16, 7 pm (screens after The Curse of Jarjacha)
Saturday, October 24, 7 pm (screens after The Curse of Jarjacha)
The Other Cinema (2010)
Lima/Ayacucho, Peru. Directed by Javier Becerra Heraud and Sofía Velásquez Nuñez.
Spanish with English subtitles. 28 minutes.
Meet Lalo Parra Bello, artist, musician, teacher, actor and filmmaker. He is one of the most recognizable faces in Ayacucho, and the director of Uma: Cabeza de bruja (Uma: Head of the Witch), a horror film based on the Andean legend of the beautiful witch with a flying head. In this documentary short we follow Lalo as he produces the sequel, Uma: Cabeza de bruja 2, and through his story we discover the ups and downs of a peculiar film industry that celebrates fantastic horror and folktales.
Saturday, October 17, 5 pm
Friday, October 23, 6:45 pm
The Mystery of the Kharisiri (2004)
Puno, Peru. Directed by Henry Vallejo.
Spanish with English subtitles. 123 minutes.
Two smugglers look for supernatural protection to insure their illegal business. A lonely woman desperately wants to marry. They all turn to the Kharisiri, an evil shaman from the southern Peruvian Andes, in the hopes of improving their luck. His price is high and requires them to pay with a human life. When reporters Paul and Mariela travel to Pomata to cover a local story, she mysteriously disappears. Don’t miss this epic award-winning thriller!
Saturday, October 17, 7:30 pm
Friday, October 23, 5 pm
Ayacucho, Peru. Directed by José Antonio Martínez Gamboa.
Spanish with English subtitles. 75 minutes.
Set in Huamanga, the film explores the effects of collective paranoia and hysteria through a community terrorized by the presence of Pishtaco, a mythical assassin who kills Andean villagers to extract their body fat and sell it to industrialized countries. Martínez Gamboa’s film reflects on the climate of mistrust experienced by many communities during the years of terrorism, and presents a critical view of extraction economy as a means for economic development.
Saturday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Horror in the Andes: A discussion on genre and folklore
Join us for an exciting discussion on genre cinema, folklore and social justice after the screenings of The Curse of Jarjacha and The Other Cinema. Panelists: Rachel Fox, Programmer at the Rio Theatre and collaborator at TwitchFilm.com; Ronald Dean Harris, Director at the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival; and Ana María Carrizales, Peruvian Actress, Filmmaker and Producer.