Inspired by the short story “Agony of Rasu Niti” by Peruvian writer Jose Maria Arguedas, this film follows Nina, a 10-year-old girl whose life dramatically changes when her father, a Scissors Dancer master, asks her to fulfill his last wish. Set in modern day Peru, the film is crafted as a drama in which this traditional dance plays an important spiritual role. Nina finds a passionate meaning in the traditions passed down to her from her ailing father and with that passion she fights to grant him his last wish.
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Length: 19 min.
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Gabriela Yepes
Producer: Gabriela Yepes
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Distributor: Gabriela Yepes
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Festival Screenings and Awards:
Best Student Narrative Short, Emerging Filmmakers Showcase, Cannes Film Festival, 2009
Best Short, Diversity and Equity Film Festival, State University at Connecticut, 2009
Best Short, Marin County Film Festival, San Rafael, California, 2009
Best Narrative Short, Austin Film Festival, Austin, Texas, 2008
Best Student Narrative Short, Austin Film Festival, Texas, 2008
Best Short on Celluloid and Best Short Screenplay, Peruvian Film council National Contest, 2008 Nieste Tarani Medal and TVR Craoiwa Award, Slatioara Film Festival, Romania