Director: Israel Cardenas & Laura Amelia Guzman

mexico • 2007 • subtitled colour • 87 mins

Produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, and shot mainly in the indigenous Raramuri language, Cochochi was inspired by the experiences of film-makers Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman during their residence with the Tarahumara tribe of northwest Mexico. With locals involved in the scripting and shooting, the film paints a subtle picture of the region’s indigenous people and their way of life. Cochochi recounts the humble story of two Raramuri boys who are just out of school and find themselves sent to deliver some medicine to a distant relative. They decide to borrow their grandfather’s horse, but forget to tell him. The boys choose a difficult path across the mountains and find themselves at a canyon they cannot cross. As they try to brainstorm a way out of the situation, they end up losing the horse and each other and embark on separate adventures through the villages of the Sierra. It’s a simple tale that nevertheless tells us a lot about the Raramuri and their customs.

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