HD video
100 min.
Bolivia / Germany 2018

    Abarca is an essayistic documentary film telling the daily realities of various people persuing physically demanding labour who are linked together by the usage of the same kind of working sandal. Through this functional object, the film connects the author‘s personal friendship with a shoemaker creating these shoes to the lives and working conditions of it bearers.

    The film is a subjective collage of portraits of labourers as well as the friendship. At the same time an inner dialogue questions the personal involvement and ambitions for portraying and filming the shown material. The work thereby receives inductively a critical level regarding paradigms of image-reproduction between the global South and industrialized societies.

© Janusch Ertler 2022