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Gauchos: If you don't get on, you won't fall off

Gauchos: If you don’t get on, you won’t fall off is a film about people who live life through risk. Men who always get back on, no matter how often they will fall off. Gauchos find their luck on the back of a horse. For them, freedom means to ride off not knowing what they will eat, where they will sleep or when they will come back.

Some people believe that the South American cowboy has died out; that fences, stables, and machines have replaced him. But somebody who loves what he does will not give it up that easily.

The gaucho has indeed survived and is still living today. He has adapted himself to the modern world and may have to work additionally in a slaughterhouse, an office or as a nurse, but he is by no means less of a gaucho.

To be a gaucho is a passion. It is passed on from father to son, or daughter. You have to learn to be a gaucho but there are no schools which teach it. Here in the Argentinean mountains, the horse is the teacher and shows the human being the most important things in life. It demands of its rider patience, endurance, stamina, perseverance, intelligence and the talent of improvisation. And in return it offers faith, trust, obedience, strength and energy.

To ride and to be a good rider means to hold your body in balance. If the body is in balance, your soul is in balance too. That is the moment where you can reach whatever you want. You just have to get on and not be afraid to fall off.

  • Jana Richter
  • Jana Richter
  • Jesus Tolaba
    Key Cast
  • Roberto Mena
    Key Cast
  • Sergio Rodriguez
    Key Cast
  • Hugo Vera
    Key Cast
  • Nestor Mamani
    Key Cast
  • Jose Mellado
    Key Cast
  • Alexander Heinze
  • Carlos Aban
  • Martin Moya
  • Jana Richter
  • Jana Richter
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Gauchos: El que no sube, no cae
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    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 3, 2009
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  • Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) Utrecht 2009, The Netherlands
  • Astra Film Festival 2009, Sibiu, Romania
  • Int. Documentary Film Festival 2009, Kassel, Germany
  • Romania International Film Festival (Ro-IFF), Arad, Romania

    “Best Documentary Award”
  • Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival 2009 (KIMFF), Nepal
  • 3rd Women Film Festival 2010, Chennai, India
  • Dokfilmwoche Hamburg 2010, Germany
  • “Cronograf” Int. Film Festival of Moldova 2010

    Prize for “Best Image”
  • Ethnocineca 2010, Vienna, Austria
  • Dialektus Festival 2010, Budapest, Hungary

    „Golden Deer Award“
  • 5th Moscow International Festival and Scholarly Conference of Visual Anthropology „Mediating Camera“, 2010, Russia
  • 8th Latin American Film Festival Buenos Aires 2010, Argentina
  • Atlantidoc 2010, 4. Festival Internacional de Cine documental del Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Int. Festival „Days of ethnographic film“ (DEF) 2011, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec (FIFEQ) 2011, Canada
  • LICHTER Filmtage 2011, Frankfurt Rhein-Main, Germany
  • Beeld voor Beeld 2011, Bogota, Colombia
  • XVI. Int. TV Ecological Film Festival 2012, Xanty-Mansiysk, Russia
  • Wildlife Vaasa, International Nature Film Festival 2012, Vaasa, Finland

    “Special award of Metsähallitus”
Director Biography - Jana Richter

born in 1978 in Magdeburg, Germany
2009 graduated from Film and Television Department at the University of Arts in Kassel (Prof. Yana Drouz, Prof. David Safarian)
2010 founded RICHTER PRODUCTION and realized films in Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Mongolia, Germany
Member of NUR film group

Filmography (Documentaries):

2015 TRACES OF WAR, 55 min, Nagorno Karabakh
2014 RISING, 7.20 min, Germany
2012 THE GREATNESS OF MAN, 30 min, Cuba
2010 CHOLITA LIBRE: If you don't fight, you've already lost, 70 min, Bolivia
2009 GAUCHOS: If you don't get on, you won't fall off, 85 min, Argentina

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