Project

Atávica is a documentary feature film that, from ethnography and experimental cinema, portrays certain ways of life that still survive from a long ancestral heritage in the Choros Basin, in the semiarid north of Chile.

Inhabiting the territory, we were able to enter into all its thousand-year-old historical background, its biodiversity, skies, coasts, flora and fauna, in turn we could witness how its inhabitants conserve the knowledge and ancestral practices of relationship with the land in the fishing culture, olivícola or criancera and that maintain dynamics of economic autonomy in a territory that the State and certain economic interests intend to industrialize.

As a result of a relationship with the territory and its inhabitants, and the collaboration of archaeologists, anthropologists, philosophers, biologists and other professionals, we were able to carry out anthropological research on extractivism or capitalist extraction initiatives on the territory as the main problematic however, the mining or port offensive invites us to reflect on decision-making, that is, on political power and how the link between inhabitants and their land has been attenuated, how is it that the present and its current state, colonialist, destructive ways of life are explained by a series of historical, and political phenomena and not as part of our human nature. Contrary to this, in the Los Choros Basin, we recognize certain non-capitalist features in the ways of life and in the know-how of its inhabitants that allow us to tell this story and with whom we share a point of view and a love for the territory.