Polvo de reptil

Santa has a quiet life far away from the city, where she takes care of her animals and herself. She used to be a “curandera” and a “huaquera”. Once in a while she develops an obsession with a new creature. So she makes her own ritual, remembering her past life and mixing ancestral magic knowledge from the Sican culture to turn them to reality.

  • Yalfrelys Farreras
  • Yalfrelys Farreras
  • Roy Muroya
  • Mary Jimenez
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 58 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, super 8
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    Black & White and Color
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Distribution Information
  • Beyond the short
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Yalfrelys Farreras

Director, photographer and active observer, born in Venezuela. She immersed herself in audiovisual world through documentary genre with her first short film "Lucho, no te olvido" film that won Best Documentary Short Film award at the Fecit. In recent years she has directed video clips for Peruvian artists such as Malucci and Milena Warthon. Video clips have been a platform that have allowed her to develop dream universes through narrative and visual proposal, as well as cross the line between reality and dreams. With a treatment of reality loaded with exaggeration, eccentricity and satire.

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Director Statement

The creative process that inspired the “Polvo de Reptil” music video started with a trip to Ferreñafe, Lambayeque, at the north of Perú. In this trip the director was part of a crew that was making a documentary about the Pomac forest.

During this process she learned some traditions of Sican culture and filmed an excavation of one of their pyramids inside the Pomac forest. She also heard the story of Santos Vera, also known as the pyramids witch. He was a powerful “curandero” credited with supernatural powers that could deal with the dark forces of other shamans.

All these experiences and stories gave birth to the main character: Santa. That emerges as a free reinterpretation of Santos Vera and rituals from Sican culture.

The production process was a challenge. This music video was filmed in two days reuniting a small crew of 5 people. The director: Yal Farreras and the producer: Roy Muroya traveled from Lima. The rest of the crew, including the actress: Mary Jimenez, were locals. Having Pedro Benitez as local producer was essential to the process because he helped us to find the locations that you can see at the music video and also coordinated all the transportation and food for the crew in a record time. Also, having Roy Muroya as producer partner in this project was a great relief because having to split myself and being director, dp and art director i needed someone who i can rely on not only on the work but also on emotional support and he was perfect because we have done a lot of videoclips together and we have a great friendship.

Working with Mary Jimenez was such a joyful experience. She brought to the character the realness and the genuineness that makes you love it.

I want to give an special thanks to the whole crew that made possible this music video. And to Arba Spak & Ruiz Gonzalez who trusted me for giving image to their song.