Antonio Eguino

Chicago Filmmakers

Made under the direction of ANTONIO EGUINO with the former militant revolutionary, now more subtly mass-oriented, Bolivian Ukamau filmmaking group, Chuquiago is intended to be a film about social classes in La Paz. But two unexpected things emerge. First, the entire content often uncomfortably resembles life in the United States, and secondly, the real tragedy, which might or might not be the product of a “class struggle,” is the total emptiness of all the human characters involved.

The film recounts the lives of four individuals, each progressively higher up the social scale, progressively more bureaucratized, progressively lighter in skin, and progressively more prosperous. Isico, an Indian country boy who comes to an outside-the-city market to work for another Indian, is a portrait of slave labor. He lives in the street and earns only enough money barely to feed himself by carrying

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