10 best Bolivian films


Question of Faith (1995)

 Cuestión de fe 

 Mark Loais’s film “A Question of Faith” went on screen in 1995. It is considered a classic of Bolivian cinema. The painting tells the story of the life of a sculptor named Domingo, played by one of the country’s best actors, Jorge Ortiz. According to the story, the gangsters contracted Domingo to produce a life-size sculpture of the Virgin Mary and transport it to a religious holiday in a remote village. Domingo’s friend hijacks a truck and they embark on a journey together. Equally funny and dramatic, the film addresses themes of friendship, betrayal and religion.

The Eternal Rebels (2012)


Tenta Jorge Sanjines is based on historical events. It tells the story of the struggle of the indigenous peoples of Bolivia for their sovereignty, which they lost due to Spanish colonization. “Eternal Rebels” immortalized Bolivian heroes whose names are absent from official history: Inca, Aymara, Guarani, Quechua and other peoples warriors. A significant role in the film is played by Bolivian President Evo Morales — the first Aymara Indian as head of state.

South Zone (2009)

Zona Sur


picture was shot by the country’s most outstanding director, Juan Carlos Valdivia. “The South Zone” deals with the end of the era of discrimination in Bolivia. The film is about a family from the upper estate who live in the affluent South district of La Paz. The main character Carola is a self-confident divorced mother of three. She is frivolously disposed of savings, but saves on payments to servants. Her spoiled children struggle with identity issues. Tensions in the house are raised to boiling point. Excellent acting, brilliant cameraman work and the powerful social message of “South Zone” make this tape an important element of Bolivian cinema.

Land Without Sin (2013)

Yvy Marley

One of the last works by famed director Juan Carlos Valdivia. The action develops around a film director who travels through Bolivia in search of wild Guarani Indians. They live in the jungle in the south-east of the country, and have never before been in contact with the civilised world. Valdivia showed the traditions of the indigenous people of South America with great affection, noting the depth of their knowledge of nature and human relationships with it.


Day When Silence Died (1998)

El día que murió el silencio

Action painting by Paolo Agazzi takes place in the small conservative town of Villa Serena. Abelardo opens the first radio station. Locals have never seen the radio in their lives, and perceive it as a miracle. But there are also those who opposed the innovation of the young entrepreneur. “The Day Silence Died” is considered one of Bolivia’s best films of the 90s. It has won several Latin American film awards.

American Visa (2005)

Visa American

One of Juan Valdivia’s early films, “American Visa” is dedicated to the dream of many Bolivians — immigration to the US. To make the American dream come true, the retired English teacher travels from the countryside to La Paz. He’s going to get a United States visa, and leave to see his son. The visa turns out to be more expensive than Mario intended. He comes up with a crazy plan to raise money. Simultaneously, the man has a romantic relationship with a stripper who begs him to stay. The lead roles were performed by Mexican actors Demian Bichir and Kate del Castillo.

The Andes do not believe in God (2007)

Los Andes no Creen en Dios

Historical film “The Andes do not believe in a god” shot in Uyuni city. The tape takes place in the 1920s. The protagonist is a young educated writer, Alfonso, who comes from Europe with a dream of getting rich in the mining industry. He falls in love with a mixed-race woman, but is forced to break off the relationship due to the racist views of the time. The film is known for a high by Bolivian standards budget of $500,000. The tape was directed by Antonio Egino.

Who killed the white llama? (2007)

Quién mató a la Llamita Blanca?

Rodrigo Belotte’s comedy tells the story of two married criminals who try to ferry a huge load of cocaine across the Brazilian border. The film makes fun of Bolivian customs, both rural and urban. At the same time, it addresses the serious themes of poverty and economic equality.$ Disguised as villagers, two mafiosi evade meeting police while traveling through Bolivia’s beautiful landscapes.

Chuquiago (1977)


Antonio Egino dedicated his painting to different social strata of the population in La Paz. In four separate stories, he reveals the depth of social tension, the contrast of the lives of poor and wealthy Bolivians. The name of the film “Chuquiago” is taken from the Aymara language, who long before the arrival of Spanish colonizers called that the surroundings of La Paz.

The Bitter Sea (1987)

Amargo mar

The film by Antonio Egino, one of the country’s biggest directors, deals with conflict between Bolivia, Chile and Peru. The dispute led to the Pacific War in 1879, which lasted 4 years and deprived Bolivia of an exit to the ocean.

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