ELDORADO XXI + Q&A
Dir. Salome Lamas, Portugal/France, 125 mins
A cinematic vignette of life in the highest settlement in the world.
La Rinconada y Cerro Lunar in the Peruvian Andes is the highest settlement in the world - and the site of a gold mine. There in search of their fortune, people live in crowded dwellings, without even enough for subsistence farming. Miners work for months with no payment – in exchange, they are allowed to explore the mines for their own profit for just four hours every thirty days.
Eldorado XXI tells complex, bleak stories through a haunting, contemplative film form, which constantly demands an active audience. Questioning established documentary conventions, it troubles the line between reality and myth, renegotiating the relationship between the known and the unknown.
Q&A with director Salome Lamas will be hosted by Gareth Evans Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery.