Choqela: Only Interpretation
This provocative and profound film documents the Choqela ceremony, an agricultural ritual and song of the Aymara Indians of Peru. By offering several different translations of the proceedings, the film acknowledges the problems of interpretation as an inherent dilemma of anthropology.
“Choqela” will stimulate thought and discussion in courses in cultural anthropology, Latin American studies, comparative religion, and any course in which the problems of interpreting cultural identities and events are considered. It was produced by renowned filmmaker and musician John Cohen.