Festival PREMIERE

LIVE ACTION | USA | 17 MINUTES | English, Quechua, Spanish

Urpi: Her Last Wish

Urpi travels to the sacred valley of the Incas in the Peruvian Andes to fulfill a promise to her grandmother. She meets Sayri, an indigenous Quechua young man, who offers his motorcycle for a journey that will challenge her understanding of her identity.

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Sisa Quispe

Sisa Quispe is a Quechua Aymara writer, director, producer, and host based in New York City. As an indigenous woman, her work largely seeks to inspire the preservation of native ways while sharing a decolonizing message.

“Urpi: Her Last Wish,” which Quispe wrote, produced, and directed, explores the complexity of the Indigenous identity. It was filmed in the Sacred Valley of the Incas with the collaboration of Indigenous Quechua communities in front and behind the camera.

Her popular TEDx talk, “Re-thinking Who We Are Through A Decolonizing Lense,” shares her own decolonization journey. As host of the Instagram series “Native Voices,” Quispe interviewed Indigenous people from throughout Abya Yala/Turtle Island. She also produced “Vive el Quechua” (“Living Quechua”), an episodic YouTube series preserving and sharing her Indigenous language and culture.

Sisa hopes to bring more representation of indigenous perspectives to the screen and hopes to continue cultivating a path for indigenous youth to also develop their own voices.

Director

Sisa Quispe

Producer

Sisa Quispe

Screenwriter

Sisa Quispe

Associate Producer

Suni Sonqo Vizcarra Wood

Cinematographer

Walker Hull

Key Cast

Sisa Quispe, Abel Ojeda Llanos

Director Statement

This story was written while I was grieving the passing of my grandmother. Just a couple of years before her death, she opened up about her heritage and shared she was an Aymara indigenous woman.

This film explores the complexity of identity, particularly the indigenous identity— which has had to survive through time and against various attempts of genocide.

In this story, Urpi is determined to fulfill the promise she made. Little does she know that her grandmother’s real intention is for her to know where she comes from, which goes beyond the “American” and “Peruvian” identity. Her grandmother’s last wish is to experience and connect with the land, her people, and her own culture.

This film was brought to life with the collaboration of the “Comunidad Cultural Ñawpa Ñan” and the “Asociación de Tejedores Apu Runawana de la Comunidad de Amaru” indigenous Quechua communities, behind and in front of the camera, and was shot in the sacred valley of the Incas.

I look forward to having viewers of the film reflect on their ancestry in a thoughtful and restorative way.

Urpillay Sonqollay,
Sisa Quispe

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Recipient of

33rd Gotham Awards Winner
Red Nation International Film Festival Nominee

Screening

Showtimes

Wednesday, March 6

Screening: 6:00PM

The ticket will give access to all films
listed in the program.

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AMC The Grove 14

189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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