Vuelve Sebastiana!

  • Bolivia
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Vuelve Sebastiana (1953), a 28 minute colour documentary on the Chipaya of the Bolivian highlands, is one of the most memorable ethnographic films produced in the last century. In 1992 at the Film Festival on Nantes in France, Ruiz’s Vuelve Sebastiana was recognized as the first indigenous film made in Latin America, and Ruiz was declared the “father of indigenous Andean cinema.”

In 2004, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the Film and Electronic Arts Department of California State University, Long Beach created a new 35mm print with English subtitles.

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  • Original Title
    Vuelve Sebastiana!
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Luis Ramiro Beltrán
  • Sound
    Augusto Roca
  • Runtime
    28 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Bolivia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Awards
    • 1955 Gold Award Kantuta - Film Competition of the Alcaldía Municipal de la Paz, Bolivia
    • 1956 First prize in the category of Folk and Ethnographic Film - Festival Internacional de Cine Documental y Experimental del SODRE de Montevideo, Uruguay
    • 1958 Special Mention - Festival de Santa Margheritta, Italia
    • 1960 Silver Medal Award in the Special Section - Festival de Cine Documental de Bilbao, Spain
    • 1963 Special Mention - San Francisco Festival, USA
    • 2003 29th Festival de Cine Iberoamericano Huelva (Award of the city Huelva)
    • 2006 James Smithson Bicentennial Medal (Smithsonian Institution) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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