Bolivia and Peru share many historical commonalities: Both were part of the Inca Empire before being invaded and ruled by Spain for 300 years, and both have experienced great political turmoil since declaring independence in the early 19th century. While colonial wounds have significantly reshaped each country, their respective natural, native, and indigenous cultures transcended centuries of imperial rule and continue to persist across their borders to this day.
French filmmaker Baptiste Lanne captures the resilience of the Bolivian and Peruvian people in his film “Land of Winds”. Over the course of two months, Lanne travels through valleys, mountains, seasides, and cityscapes with his camera in hand. The end result is a remarkable short documentary that features environmental and human diversity across terrains, industries, and economies that have undoubtedly been shaped by the region’s past, but retain an unquestionable richness rooted in present-day Andean life.
Below are some of our favourite screenshots from the film: