Buenos Aires, June 28, 2020 (SIGNIS Argentina). The Peruvian documentary Sembradoras de vida (Mothers of the Land), directed by brothers Alvaro and Diego Sarmiento received the SIGNIS Prize at the International Environmental Film Festival (FINCA) of Buenos Aires, which was held online from June 17 to 24, 2020, under the slogan “Advocating for a new climate”.


Due to the extraordinary circumstances arising from the public health emergency caused by COVID-19 at a global level, the 5th edition of FINCA was held for the first time entirely online and had a web platform where the films could be viewed. The audience also had the opportunity to watch various talks with national and international filmmakers via streaming.


As in other years, SIGNIS Argentina took part in the Latin American documentary competition, made of seven feature films from Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Peru and Colombia.


Sembradoras de vida (Mothers of the Land, Peru, 2019), accompanies five women from the Andean highlands in their daily struggle to maintain a traditional and organic way of working the land. In the Andean Cosmovision, women and earth are strongly interrelated. Both a women’s body and the earth’s soil are capable of giving and nurturing life. In the context of ever-growing industrialization of agriculture, the use of chemical pesticides and genetically modified seeds it is women, who, connected to earth through bounds of sisterhood, take on the role of protectors.


The Jury awarded the documentary for showing the story of these women who work the land with full respect for nature; for their awareness of the changes in a paradigm that the new types of cultivation mean and their harmful effect on life cycles; for the defence of their culture, attentive to the future of the fruits of their own wombs, their daughters and sons, all of this expressed audiovisually with a balanced narrative, care of photography and excellent sound production.


The members of the SIGNIS Argentina jury were Graciela Falabella, Nicolás Fabiani and Miguel Monforte.