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16:30, Thursday 28th June, Thaw

Director: Peter Biella (Spain/ USA)

Year: 2006

Run time: 13'

Location/Ethnic group: Ayacucho, Perú

Language: Some Spanish dialogues no subtitles

Production/Distribution: pending

Textiles in Ayacucho

The film moves from alpaca sheering at almost 17,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes to a Quechua weaving neighbourhood in the city of Ayacucho. Vignettes of preparing wool, spinning, dying and setting up looms are complemented with a section on textile pattern-making. Although a few words are spoken in Spanish, the audio-design of the film juxtaposes ambient sound and music. No subtitles are provided since the visceral-visual processes of textile preparation are intended to speak for themselves. As such, the work runs counter to word-based vérité, the current preference of ethnographic sound film, and brings the viewer back to a listening eye.