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The Spirit Possession of Alejandro Mamani

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From the Bolivia series in the Faces of Change collection
by Hubert Smith and Neil Reichline
produced by Norman Miller
color, 27 min, 1974, digitally remastered 2017

AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE Faces of Change - Bolivia Series 2 DVD SET

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An old Bolivian man nears the end of his life. He has property and status, but not contentment. Believing himself possessed by evil spirits, he opens his heart to reveal his anguish. His personal tragedy brings us close to every man's confrontation with the unknown, old age, and death.

Other films from the Bolivia series:
Andean Women
The Children Know
Magic and Catholicism
Potato Planters

About the Faces of Change collection
This revolutionary series of 26 - 16mm films and videos, funded by the National Science Foundation, produced by Norman Miller and documented by some of the finest ethnographic filmmakers of our time is now available through D.E.R. The films examine 5 cultures selected for the diversity of their geographic location: starting with the China Coast at sea level and moving up to Taiwan, then to Afghanistan, Kenya and finally to the mountains of Bolivia. Each location is examined through 5 themes: Rural Society, Education, Rural Economy, Women, and Beliefs.

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