In Bolivia the indigenous people who blend Aymara and European cultures are known as cholos, or the affectionate feminine diminutive cholitas. After generations of discrimination, the cholitas have proudly reclaimed their name; their distinctive layers of colourful skirts and bowler hats are now seen everywhere from fashion shows to universities, and government ministries to wrestling matches. In this inspirational documentary they are also found climbing the highest peak outside of Asia, the 6962m high Aconcagua in the Argentinian Andes.
Travelling from El Alto, high up on the Altiplano bordering La Paz, five determined and heroic women make their ascent with modern equipment and in traditional dress, and with a very particular respect for the majesty of Pachamama, Mother Earth.
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Introduced by Jessie Gibbs, ¡Viva! Festival Coordinator, on Sun 27 Sep.