Jorge Jimenez Sanchez strongly hammers the piece of metal at one end while his wife Marisol Hernandez Castro holds and pushes the small anvil at the other corner. After the last blow, he has the wooden circles revolved around this axis. The truck is finally finished once I adjust the wheels even though I also have to paint the word Cusco above the windshield and that’s it, says he. During Christmas days the living room of his house becomes his workshop. Here I can watch trucks, cars, trains, and airplanes made entirely out of hardwood. Mr Jimenez and his family is just one of the dozens of craftsmen who have attended the 2009 edition of the popular handicraft fair Santurantikuy held on the Qosqo´s main square every december 24th.
Archive for December, 2009
Tinkuy is a quechua verb which means to meet somebody. On the other hand, cuy is the spanish word for guinea pig. These two words were used to give birth to the First Food Fair Tincuy 2009. This was a two-day fair that gave Qosqo´s people as well as tourists and travellers the chance to gather with family and friends in order to indulge themselves with an array of flavours made not only with guinea pig but also with other regional produces such as trout and alpaca.
¨We are too much like oysters observing the sun through the water,
and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air¨.
Herman Melville´s Moby-Dick
Dozens of children fill the Kusikay Theater here in Qosqo with loud voices and laughs even though impatience parents attempt laboriously to keep them calm and quiet because the presentation is about to begin. Unexpectedly, all the theater´s lights turn off and a muffled silence predominates, only broken at times by the sighs of surprised and frightened kids. An unrestrained roaring spreads through the entire building as hundreds of puppets and flat cut-out figurines appear on the stage. The play resourcefully mingles clown, pantomime and music in order to tell three short but amazing tales.
A propósito de la realización del VI Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes FENACO 2009 que una vez más se llevó a cabo aquí en la ciudad de Qosqo en el mes de noviembre, tuvimos la oportunidad de conversar con la organizadora y promotora de dicho festival, la colombiana Inés Agresott. La entrevista se centró exclusivamente en las dos propuestas de ley que se están discutiendo actualmente en el Congreso para definir la nueva Ley de Cinematografía Peruana. El debate es muy polémico entre los mismos actores de toda la industria cinematográfica peruana a tal punto que se han formado dos asociaciones que agrupan tanto a exhibidores, distribuidores, productores y realizadores, entre otros, y que representan diferentes perspectivas sobre el futuro del cine en Perú.