The Uros, a pre-Incan people, are facing extinction. For thousands of years, they have lived on the floating islands on the gelid waters of Peru’s Lake Titicaca, but now they are divided by deep internal wrangling. Those living on the coast, their survival dependent on tourism, want to modernize, but those living inland want no contact with outsiders and plan to continue their existence hunting, fishing and farming, as they always have done. In the meantime, the entire population is fighting the Peruvian government as it refuses to recognise them as the legal owners of the land upon which they have always dwelt. The film follows the day-to-day life of Maria, the eldest of the Uros, and provides a comprehensive insight into the lives and difficulties of this people, highlighting their strong spiritual bond with nature.
Director, producer and cameraman Humberto Saco was born in Lima in 1962. He has directed a range of documentaries including Camino a la Escuela (2004), Deseos de nino (1992) and Lapsus (1990). He also works as a freelance photographer and writer.