Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Andean Horror: The Curse of Jarjacha
Free. No registration required.
When: Wed, Nov 14, 7 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre (GCA 2555), Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
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Additional Info: Presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.
Join us for a free screening of the Peruvian horror film, The Curse of Jarjacha, by director Palito Ortego Matute.
The Curse of Jarjacha (2002)
Directed by Palito Ortego Matute
Spanish with English subtitles | 93 minutes
In a remote village in the Peruvian Andes, a group of neighbours gather around a candle-lit table and listen carefully to a story about jarjachas: incestuous couples cursed into becoming murderous half-man-half-llama demons who prey on their fellow men. Pitch-dark nights surround the characters, immersing them in eerie, oppressive atmospheres. A few neighbours mysteriously disappear, and villagers believe jarjachas are among them. When Cirilo and Mateo’s aunt and uncle go missing too, the two young men set out to hunt the beasts.
Released in 2002, Palito Ortega’s layered adaptation of the legend of jarjacha is one of the first horror films produced in the Peruvian Andes, by an Andean filmmaker and centred around local themes and folklore. Produced with a micro budget, the film deftly uses its resources to great effect, and Ortega manages to create atmospheres that evoke crushing feelings of isolation, vulnerability and uncertainty. Through his characters, Ortega explores deeply rooted social fears that resonate with the years of violence lived during the Peruvian Internal Armed Conflict (1980-2000).
Palito Ortega Matute (Huamanga, 1969-2018) was a self-taught filmmaker, born and raised in Ayacucho. His body of work includes nine feature films that explore pressing social issues and anxieties, with special focus on the Internal Armed Conflict and its aftermath. His vision and contribution to the development of an Ayacuchano film industry makes him one of the founding fathers of a cinema movement that grows outside of Lima. The Curse of Jarjacha is considered by critics as one of the best horror films produced in Peru, and his last film, La Casa Rosada, successfully toured international festivals winning over a dozen awards.
On October 9, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture awarded Palito Ortega with a distinction in recognition of his work in Ayacucho and the transcendence of his films, considered a valuable social and cultural contribution to Peruvian cinema.
After the film, join us for a conversation with Sonia Medel, Maria Cecilia Saba and Sarah Shamash, programmers at the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.
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