Echo of the mountain, mexican documentary of huichol artist Santos de la Torre.
Echo of the mountain, mexican documentary of huichol artist Santos de la Torre.
"Motoapohua" is Santo's huichol name
and it means "Echo of the Mountain"
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Echo of the mountain, mexican documentary of huichol artist Santos de la Torre.

México | 2014 | HD | Color | 91min

A portrait of the great Wixarika (Huichol) artist
Santos de la Torre, who lives near anonymity
in the western Sierra Madre

Echo of the mountain, mexican documentary of huichol artist Santos de la Torre.

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Echo of the mountain, mexican documentary of huichol artist Santos de la Torre.

A documentary about a great artist and the mythology, religion and ecology that inform his art and life.

Echo of the mountain, mexican documentary of huichol artist Santos de la Torre.
Empathetic and poetic documentary about an artist whose work and culture flourishes very much under the social and cultural radar.

--Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

Echo of the Mountain resembles a ritual in itself.

--Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

Echevarría turns his artistically sensitive, respectful eye toward master muralist Santos de la Torre.

--Jay Weissberg, Variety

Undoubtedly, Echevarría means his docu to be a record of a way of life under threat.

--Jay Weissberg, Variety

On the way to Wirikuta Echevarria takes the viewer into a world of rites.

--Óscar Granados, El Pais

beautifully poetic – a blend of personal emotion and cultural ethnography.

--Taylor Sinople, The Focus Pull

Echevarría becomes part filmmaker part anthropologist with this beautiful portrait piece that’s as ethnographic as it is an artistic achievement in its own right.

--Taylor Sinople, The Focus Pull

Echevarría, with a career spanning forty years, understands as a filmmaker how to blend his creation with the subject’s.

--Taylor Sinople, The Focus Pull

Paced, with its intentions gradually emerging, “Echo” develops . . . to a powerful payoff.

--John Hopewell, Variety

reconstructs a forgotten story of an intimate way , it makes the invisible visible and the viewer becomes an actor."

--Marisol Pardo Cue, Apapacho Gallery

Echo of the mountain, mexican documentary of huichol artist Santos de la Torre.

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Director

Nicolás Echevarría

Producers

Jose Álvarez Julio Chavezmontes

Executive Producers

Michael Fitzgerald James Ramey

Photography

Nicolás Echevarría Sebastián Hofmann

Protagonist

Santos de la Torre

Online Production and Field

Ximena O. Vettoretti

Production Coordinator

Sumie García

Editor

Omar Guzmán

Echo of the mountain, mexican documentary of huichol artist Santos de la Torre.

Synopsis

Echo of the Mountain presents a look into the life and work of Santos de la Torre, a great Huichol artist who, like his people, lives in oblivion. The audience will know the misfortune of an artist who, despite having made a great mural for the metro station Palais Royal at the Louvre, lives isolated and ignored in his country.

We will follow Santos during his pilgrimage to Wirikuta, where he will ask the gods for permission to create a new mural. We will take the audience on a journey across 385 miles of the "Peyote Route," which is in danger of disappearing unless it receives the protection of UNESCO. We will also follow Santos' creative process during the making of a new mural that will illustrate the history, mythology and religious practices of the Huichol people.

The oblivion in which Santos lives reflects the abandonment of the Wixárika (Huichol) people, whose sacred route is threatened by economic develpment.

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