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Location: Peru         Length: 7 min

Atipanakuy is a Quechua word meaning "confrontation" or "fight." This imaginative film, much of it in Quechua with English and Spanish subtitles, reflects the Taki Ongoy cultural resistance movement of the 1500s and the rediscovery of Peruvian history through the rebirth of two scissors dancers, who dance through modern Peruvian culture. Juxtapositions of time and space, the past and the present, show the scissors dancer as a unique survivor and bearer of the ancient Andean civilization that is visible today mostly in its ruins.

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Produced by Fernando Valdivia, Alvaro Zavala, Pedro Noguchi

Copyright 1999 by TeleAndes Productions

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Scissors Dance (Peru Travels)

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