The First Film Examining An Indigenous Female Agency In

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The first film examining an indigenous female agency in a fiction narrative film is La Teta Asustada by Claudia Llosa. La Teta Asustada is a film about a working-class, Quechua woman in Peru named Fausta, who struggles with a hereditary condition that even doctors are baffled by it. After the rape of the women in her village, including her mother’s, Fausta suffers from an irrational fear for her safety that was passed through breastfeeding from a young age. Because of her condition, she is unable to form meaningful connections with people and experiences severe distress, particularly around men. This results in her discreetly implanting a potato in herself to prevent any rape similar to the one which robbed her mother’s happiness. Fausta…show more content…
Betrayed and disillusioned, María returns home, unaware that it is not back to her same mundane life. María and her family must explore what their new relationship with one another is when it is revealed she is pregnant with Pepe’s child. With no way to contact him or an assurance they will ever meet again, she navigates breaking the news to each family member and finally, to her husband-to-be. Enthralled, he cancels the wedding and the family must then move away from the land he owns. The family must stick together as María’s due date arrives closer. Their tight support system is tested when a mix-up at the hospital proves to have another side to the story. Like La Teta Asustada, this film’s lead must find inner strength to withstand the outside and inner obstacles that come her way. Both Fausta’s and María’s inner strength was first developed by their individual familial foundations. In the beginning of La Teta Asustada, Fausta tends to her mother as she slowly withers away on her deathbed. Fausta softly sings Quechua lullabies to her mother as she cries in pain remembering the day her village was pillaged and the women were raped. Even in her remaining moments, she recalls the trauma in clear detail as if it had happened the day before. Fausta tries to console her dying mother as if consoling a crying child waking from a nightmare, their close relationship strongly evident. The vividness of her traumatized dying mother

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