Nothing but the Sun

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Switzerland
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Ecology & the Environment
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Latin American Cultures & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Arami Ullón
Producer(s):Pascal Traechslin
Arami Ullón
Writer(s):Arami Ullón
Editor(s):Valeria Racioppi
Rebecca Troesch
Cinematography:Gabriel Lobos
Sound:Reto Stamm
Jacques Kieffer
Sound Design:Tobias Koch


In the 1960s, missionaries forcibly uprooted Ayoreo communities within Paraguay from their rich and vast forested ancestral homes to the arid and desolate Paraguayan Chaco region. Since the 1970s, Mateo Sobode Chiqueno, also Ayoreo, has been recording the stories, songs and experiences of the people within his community who experienced the relocation. What do their lives look like now? Through gentle conversations, Mateo records the memories and lived experiences of his community. Like many colonial governments, profits are prized over people, and with a thriving agricultural and cattle ranching industry, Paraguay chooses denialism in the face of the destruction and dislocation of Ayoreo communities. As the population ages and people become more disassociated with their language and culture, Mateo's work becomes ever more pressing as he attempts to preserve the fragments that are left, in hopes that from the memories, a resurgence will bloom. Heather Haynes

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La Consulat général de Suisse à Montreal supports Swiss films at Hot Docs
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  • POV Magazine - "A stunning look at a culture stolen"
  • She Does the CityINTERVIEW with director Arami Ullón
  • La Estatuilla"A powerful demonstration of the power of documentary cinema as a tool for history, understanding and empathy"

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