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March 08, 2010

Dinner & A Movie: The Gift of Pachamama, March 19th

Friday, March 19th, the NMAI will screen the feature film The Gift of Pachamama (El Regalo de Pachamama) (Bolivia/Japan, 2009, 102 min.), preceded by the short film Indigenous Plant Diva (Canada, 2008, 10 min.)  The screenings are free and open to the public, and begin at 7 p.m.  The director of Pachamama, Toshifumi Matsushita, will attend the screening and a Q&A session following the films.  These films are shown in partnership with the 2010 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

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The Gift of Pachamama is a spiritual docudrama set in Bolivia, where a 13-year-old boy lives a traditional life with his family near Uyuni, a salt lake. One spring, he goes with this father on his first caravan. With blocks of salt strapped to their herd of llamas, they travel the Salt Trail for several months, exchanging salt for other products of the Andes. The boy begins to learn who he is as a young man and a Quechua from their many experiences and encounters. As the trip comes to its close, he meets a beautiful girl at a festival in a sacred Quechuan place. The two young people feel a stirring in their hearts as they share a simple but profound dream: to ride a bicycle together across the salt lake. By the end, he discovers what his grandfather means by “the gift of Pachamama.”

Before Pachamama, we will screen the short film Indigenous Plant Diva profiles Cease Wyss, a Squamish woman from Vancouver, B.C., who shares her knowledge of the spiritual and medicinal uses of native plant species in her area.  Her Squamish name, T'Uy'Tanat, means "woman who travels by canoe to gather medicines for all people.”

We hope you can join us for these two fantastic, moving films.  Please visit our website to register for the film. The screening is free, but registration is strongly recommended. (You do not need to register for dinner.)  Tickets can be picked up as early as 5 p.m., and we will begin to let people into the theater at 6:30 p.m.  

For more information on the film festival, please visit http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

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That restaurant sounds pretty sweet!

I love that last silhouette image. Great work.

Wow what a museum. I like it very much.

any new events? i also love the silhouette image.

Wow really is this true? Nice I am now in Bolivia and I will surely find this Movie. Great Movie the picture speaks itself. Great picture too the one in the sunset view.

Reymar Guia
freelance graphic designer

Fantastic Photography There. Im loving the style! i bet he had a pair of clean mitts afterwards!

Im going to subscribe to updates! thanks again.


Yeah, beautiful twilight...it must be so actually beautiful...

Thanks a lot, appreciate your dedication here. Outstanding website.

Nice post. Thanks. it looks really great and very informative.. Keep posting.

As a web designer I'm always on the look out for earthy, natural inspiration. This film looks great. Will it be coming to Australia?


It is a very lovely & informative museum. Very rich culture.

I saw "El Regalo de Pachamama", didn't think I'd like it, but it impressed me. Always loved the Bolivian free spirit and dressing.
Thanks for the post!

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