This poignant fanfare for the common man is shot in gritty, remote Arequipa, Peru. Near The Mountain is a striking lyrical portrait of an eighty year-old quarry worker, Honorato, and his son, Claudio, who have been cutting stone all their working lives. The pair’s arduous days involve traditional, highly dangerous, and labor intensive dynamiting followed by chiseling out enormous chunks of white volcanic (sillar) stone into building blocks. Scenes of the pair scrambling up rocky white cliffs are interspersed with shots of historic churches and buildings made of the same material. The old man reminiscences on his long life as a stone cutter and what his contribution has been to his world.
Produced and Directed and Camera. Flynn Donovan Edited by: Rebecca Reilly