on sunday, jordan and i went to see a new ecuadorian movie, que tan lejos (which basically means "oh how far"). the movie was directed by tania hermida and is about two women, one ecuadorian and one spanish, traveling from the city of quito to the city of cuenca.
i highly recommend this movie to anyone who has traveled in ecuador in the past or would like to travel here in the future (especially anyone who might happen to have friends living in quito and cuenca). there are beautiful scenes of both the sierra and the beach. plus, there are hysterical portrayals of ecuadorian culture. for those of you unaware of what that might mean, here are a few examples:
- a cab driver who is unable to provide change for a $20 bill, when the fare is $15. there is always a shortage of change here and my stress level always increases when i realize i only have $20s in my wallet.
-t ahe cab driver also makes up a silly reason for why the fare costs $15 when the woman was told it would cost $8. we've heard about an evening tax, a hotel tax, an extra person tax, various holiday taxes, etc. none of which are true.
-a road the women are traveling down is blocked due to some sort of political demonstration that nobody knows any details about. political demonstrations are very popular in ecuador, and sometimes really do lead to great change in the government (like when the last president was forced to flee the country). many times, however, we here about a protest that has lead to streets being shut down without any details about why people are protesting or if the protest is the real reason for the blocked roads.
-a man, who after hearing that liga (his favorite soccer team) scored a goal, pulls over his car, takes a liga flag out of the glove compartment, gets out of the car and proceeds to dance around in the street. ecuadorians love their soccer.
-the same man as above offers to drive the two women and their traveling companion, jesus, part of the way to cuenca. during the trip he discovers that jesus and him are actually distant cousins. everyone in ecuador seems to be related somehow to everyone else.
i'm not sure when this movie will be heading on to other countries, but when it does, go see it!