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A couple of years ago, Christian moved to Cocachimba: a poor village in the high jungle of Peru. Coming from the capital, the stigma of being a city guy hinders his integration with the local peasants. Nevertheless, he’s taken it upon himself to become one of them – it’s what he calls his “game”. Through anecdotes of hallucinations and thoughts, this newcomer sheds light on the gaps between two contrasting cultures and mentalities that coexist in one country.
We think of a city as the center or the core of a larger area. We assume that cities contain
representative samples of many other places and can somehow tell us everything we want to know about a region. We tend to forget that this is not necessarily true. A city doesn’t necessarily echo the voices of its region. In fact, it most often differs from them.
The film reflects on the contrast between the urban and the rural mindsets. Christian, who was born and raised in Lima – a capital and a metropolis that accumulates a third of Peru’s entire population, moves to a 300-inhabitant village. He’s well aware of the differences and tries to take an unconventional approach to unlearn what the city life has engraved in his persona. Nehemías, the name that gives title to this work, is a person Christian refers to in numerous occasions. Nehemías embodies being a local with the most confidence, and therefore becomes a figure for Christian to look up to.