The Andean Screen

(La pantalla andina)
Carmina Balaguer | Documentary

2021 | 49 minutes | Spain

A teacher leads a mobile film crew to the most isolated school in the Jujuy Andes, Argentina. A look into a paradigm shift led by the region's women.


A Northwestern Argentinian teacher leads a mobile cinema crew to the most isolated school in the Jujuy high-altitude valleys, undergoing a 20-hour journey on foot in adverse conditions. Their arrival involves us in the high-altitude educational values, portraying the isolation in the Andean worlds and how communities engage with the earth. The Andean Screen is a poetic analogy between cinema and travel; a choral story spun by Silvina Velázquez, principal of the school, whose tenacity introduces a new paradigm for the women of the valleys.

Ideal for educators seeking to explore themes of education, empowerment, and cultural resilience, this ethnographic documentary offers a captivating exploration of the human experience in one of the world's most remote and enchanting landscapes.


"There are many films about the love of cinema. Documentaries that take it as far as The Andean Screen probably don't exist." — Use Lahoz, El País

"‘La pantalla andina’: llevar el cine a 4000 sueños de altura" — Dani Keral, Conde Nast Traveler

Main credits

Balaguer, Carmina (film director)
Balaguer, Carmina (film producer)
Balaguer, Carmina (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematography, Patricio Artero; editing, Júlia R. Aymar; music, Julián Luis Morales.

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BBK Mendi Film Festival Bilbao-Bizkaia - Best Culture and Nature Film; Cine Las Americas International Film Festival - Jury Award Best Short; Women Filmmakers Festival of Turkey - Camera Eye Short Documentary Category Jury’s Special Award; Trento Film Festival; German International Ethnographic Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Carmina Balaguer


YEAR: 2021

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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