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"This documentary takes you into the real life of Feliciano, his family, his land, his terrible doubts, and his dreams. No stereotypes, just life, beautiful and cruel at the same time. I love the honesty of Mi Chacra and was touched by the patient and beautiful approach to this Peruvian reality,"

-Roberto Forns-Broggi, Metro State College of Denver


"Director Jason Burlage delivers stunning expansive mountainous scenery with an intimate human focus, which sucks us into this isolated corner of the world and a couple's difficult decision. While their traditional lifestyle has disappeared in much of the world...completely in America...this Peruvian couple ponder whether they should leave this world. This is independent film making at its best; taking us far away...uncovering the diversity in the world that reveals what we all have in common."

-Stewart Nusbaumer, The Huffington Post


"Marking director Jason Burlage's feature debut, this moving documentary chronicles the young family's struggles through the planting season and Feliciano's more lucrative work as a porter along the Incan trails to Machu Picchu. These days, [in Peru]...one in three members of the population now lives in Lima - sixty percent of whose residents occupy the slums. Yet among mountain communities, the belief that life is better in the city is widely held - and thus the traditions of "planting according to the stars," as their fathers and their fathers' fathers taught them, are slowly disappearing. The crucial practice known as ayni, for instance, or communal reciprocity in the form of such acts as plowing one another's fields, is being lost. Through such unsettling details, Burlage paints a vivid portrait of the complexities facing the future of rural communities throughout Peru."

-Denver Film Society


"With its moving insight into the place where tradition and modernity meet, this story is beautifully told," says Film Festival jury member Eric Valli. "The filmmaker has a deep understanding of his subject, and it puts mountain life under a microscope." For jury member Jacqueline Florine, Mi Chacra gave her a sense of what it truly means to live in the mountains. "Adventurers, mountaineers, outdoor athletes, we're really just joyriders out there," she says. "This film showed us someone who ekes out a living at elevation."

-The Banff Centre


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