Echo of the Mountain

  • 2014
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: Nicolás Echevarría

Mexican documentary exploring the life of artist Santos de la Torre.

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Echo of the Mountain (Eco de la montaña) is a 2014 Mexican documentary film about artist Santos de la Torre directed by Nicolás Echevarría.

The artist was commissioned to create a chaquira mural for the threshold of the Louvre Museum, Paris. On October 6, 1997, President Ernesto Zedillo and his French counterpart Jacques Chirac inaugurated the chaquira mural. The artist currently lives in anonymity, in the heart of the Sierra Madre Occidental, in Jalisco.

Director Echevarría's documents Santos de la Torre and his family as they set out to create a new mural illustrating the practices of the Huichol people. The film also follows the family’s pilgrimage to Wirikuta, "the country of peyote" located in the desert of San Luis Potosí, and Haramara, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, in Nayarit. It is in these mythical places, Santos asks the gods for permission to make the aforementioned new mural.

The “Peyote Route” is currently on the UNESCO heritage waiting list.

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