The Great Movement

« La Paz takes center stage in this idiosyncratic portrait of a city. Kiro Russo has crafted a beguiling and nightmarish look at Bolivia’s capital. […] Ostensibly following a trio of miners who arrive at the sprawling, Andean capital city with the hopes of getting jobs, “The Great Movement” emerges instead as a dissection of this highest of Latin American urban jungles. »


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
Producers: Alexa Rivero, Kiro Russo, Pablo Paniagua
Associate Producers: Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Andreas Roald, Miguel Ángel Peñaloza
Production: Socavón (BO), Altamar Films (FR)
Co-production: Doha Film Institute (QA)
In association with: Bord Cadre Films (CH), Sovereign Films (UK)

Technical data

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