The Swiss-Chilean citizen Carlos Kindermann has returned to the Araucania region in Chile after 47 years. He returns to his childhood land, from which he was torn away before his adolescence. Not even the 3,000 thousand hectares of valuable territory he comes to receive as an inheritance from his recently deceased father can reverse the physical and mental exhaustion he brings from Europe. Kindermann wants to sell quickly and forget as soon as possible this unwanted journey. Events however, slowly disintegrate this desire and push the character to a crossroads of life and death, between two openly excluding world views.
“Dominio Vigente” is a film which wants to show an unsolved conflict between the Chilean state and the Mapuche native people. This conflict goes back to the Spanish conquest times and their efforts to impose their culture in that “uncivilized” land. The problem is both political and cultural, and reveals, as many times in history, the inability of Western culture to coexist with other worldviews. The relationship of the Mapuche people with their territory and with nature is organic and ecological. It is, therefore, absolutely antagonistic to the values of global capitalism, whose understanding of nature responds to strictly commercial principles.
Juan Mora Cid, Born in Concepción, Chile (1983). He holds a Master's degree in Visual Communication and a Master's degree in film directing from the Kunsthochschule Kassel in Germany. During his stay abroad he has continuously developed activities related to the cinematographic field, with an emphasis on writing and directing. In the last 10 years he created "Die Schaffe essen auch Sonntags" (The sheep also eat on Sundays), a work that was chosen in 2013 with the audience award for the best short film at the "Moulin d'Anduve" film festival in Normandy , France. Among his works also highlights the Half-length film "Oben die Nacht unten die Welt" (The world under the night). Juan has been working with his producer Agua Loca Films for a year now in his first feature film, DOMINIO VIGENTE, which draws the clash between two antagonistic visions of the world, the westernized Chilean culture and the indigenous Mapuche culture.
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