14-year-old Segundo lives with his parents (his mother portrayed by the wonderful Magaly Solier) in a village high up in the Andes of Peru. His father, Noé, is a respected artisan and Segundo’s role model. With a meticulous eye for detail, Noé artfully crafts elaborate retablos (story-boxes) for local families, determined to pass on his deep knowledge of the craft to his son. Segundo reveres his father, but he struggles with whether he wants to follow in his footsteps. Though the background of their life is full of beauty—spectacular mountain views, vibrant towns and colourful festivals—the local culture can be extraordinarily unforgiving, especially when a secret about the family comes to light.
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