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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Young Inca boy shows courage; some peril and violence.

Movie PG 2019 72 minutes
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age 5+

Lovely Film

We are always trying to find ways if celebrating other cultures in our home. This was a perfect movie for that. The two leads, a boy and girl whose names I won't try to spell, learn how to work together to ultimately save their village. The boy protagonist is featured a bit more than the girl but it wasn't quite as lopsided as movies have been in the past. It is beautifully animated with the designs lending an immediate Andean atmospheric to the film. My almost 7 year old was glued to the screen and he had several giggle moments throughout. I loved the environmental message delivered as well. So much build from one viewing - history, environmental, values and it was quite entertaining as well.

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This animated film has some valuable lessons to offer. Pachamama, which means "mother earth" in an Inca language, illustrates not only the sophistication of ancient civilizations and their achievements -- cities, roads, water systems, textiles, governments -- but also their weaknesses, including, in this case, a vain and out-of-touch leader. Values are also emphasized. Although the area's plentiful gold is used to fashion artifacts of worship, villagers treat seeds for quinoa, potatoes, and corn as far more valuable and worthy of protection and respect.

However, in the film's effort to emphasize respect for the environment, it mixes the message with its deference to magic and spirits, neither of which are likely to solve the earth's current environmental problems. Some viewers may wonder why Naira is less celebrated by this movie than Tepulpai, the male character, who's clearly the lead here, even though they seem equally brave and dedicated to saving their village.

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