Update: Mi Chacra will be screened Thursday, July 29, 7 pm at The Emerson.
Jason Burlage, a Bozeman local and MSU graduate, will screen his documentary film, Mi Chacra (My Land) at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on February 19th at 5:30pm at the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula. Burlage’s film is among 46 feature documentaries that will show at the festival between February 12th and 21st.
With the Peruvian Andes as a backdrop, Mi Chacra tells the story of Feliciano, an indigenous Peruvian farmer who works as a porter on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in hopes of some day taking his son to live in the city. Framed by the seasons, the film chronicles one year in Feliciano’s life, from the planting season in his community to the harvest, and through a season of work on the Inca Trail. It paints a vivid picture of this man’s world, of the conflict between his love of the land and the desire to see his son living what he sees as a better life in the city.
Burlage originally went to Peru as staff and then director for a program that conducted community service projects in small villages in the Sacred Valley. It was during one trip that a Peruvian friend told him about the situation of the porters on the Inca Trail and the disappearing culture of the indigenous people. Many porters are subsistence farmers who leave their communities to work on the trail and have difficulty adapting to the outside world. Burlage was struck by this story and knew there was a film to be made. He spent a total of five months filming Feliciano and his family.
Burlage plans to host a screening of his film in Bozeman sometime this Spring. For more information, contact Jason Burlage at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.michacrafilm.com.