Chon, a member of the Native Mexican Wirrárika community, tells the story of his cousin Faustino, son of the shaman of an indigenous settlement in the mountains of Nayarit called La Mora. In the 1980s, Faustino proclaimed himself to be god and the community’s spiritual leader, which then had been accepted by his father and the inhabitants. Together with an armed group he menaced and terrorized other neighboring villages. When Chon witnessed his cousin kill various members of their own community, he escaped La Mora and reported the incidents to the police of the larger village nearby, Santa María del Oro.
BERNHARD HETZENAUER was born in Innsbruck/Austria, and works as a filmmaker, writer, curator and visual artist in Germany, Austria, Mexico and South America. He studied Film, Media Arts and Gestalt Therapy in Vienna, New York, Quito, Buenos Aires and Hamburg, and earned degrees from the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. His film and visual arts projects have been shown all around the world and received various international awards. His other films includes: WE ALL HAVE ILLUSIONS (DOC, 2007), WHEN DID I STOP TELLING YOU MY DREAMS? (short doc, 2007), WHAT REMAINED UNSPOKEN (short doc, 2010), THE LETTERS (short, 2012), THE GOOD LIFE: SHAIRY QUIMBO (doc, 2013), and AND THERE WAS FIRE IN THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (doc, 2013).