The Great Movement

« Creating a striking level of chemistry between profound documentary realism and mesmerising fiction, Kiro Russo imposes his brilliant cinematographic personality and his highly original gift for conveying atmospheres. »


Bolivia, today. After walking for a week, Elder and his miner companions arrive in La Paz to demand for the reinstatement of their job. Suddenly, Elder starts to feel sick… With the help of the elderly Mamá Pancha, Elder and his friends find work in the market. But Elder’s condition worsens, he’s choking and struggling for breath. Mamá Pancha sends him to Max – a witch doctor, hermit and clown – who may be able to bring the young man back to life.

Festivals & Awards

  • 78th Venice International Film Festival: Orizzonti Special Jury Award, 2021
  • 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival: Zabaltegi-Tabakalera, 2021
  • 59th New York Film Festival: Currents, 2021



  • 2021 The Great Movement
  • 2016 Viejo calavera (Dark Skull)
  • 2015 Nueva vida (Short film)
  • 2012 Juku (Short film)
  • 2010 Enterprisse (Short film)


Julio César Ticona, Max Bautista Uchasara, Francisca Arce de Aro, Israel Hurtado, Gustavo Milán Ticona


Script: Kiro Russo
Cinematography: Pablo Paniagua
Sound: Mauricio Quiroga, Mercedes Tennina, Juan Pedro Razzari, Emmanuel Croset
Editing: Kiro Russo, Pablo Paniagua, Felipe Gálvez
Production: Socavón (BO), Altamar Films (FR)
Co-production: Doha Film Institute (QA), Bord Cadre Films (CH), Sovereign Films (UK)

Technical data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 85′
Released: 2021
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English, French