I Am Andean | Chicago Reader

I Am Andean

At the beginning of this intriguing documentary a Peruvian band performing on a New York subway platform is joined by a lithe young woman whose dancing captivates onlookers. Her name is Cynthia Paniagua, and filmmaker Mitchell Teplitsky follows this enchanting talent to Lima, where she has a fellowship to study native dance. Despite her Peruvian and Puerto Rican descent, Paniagua is just a gringa to the jaded, undisciplined local dancers, so she heads to more remote towns in search of authenticity and dedicated instructors. Her journey intersects with that of another New York dancer, Nelida Silva, who has returned to her Peruvian hometown to host a prestigious festival but also finds traditions endangered by indifference and encroaching pop culture. In Spanish with subtitles. 72 min.

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