Film - International Independents Filmfest 2017


Directed by Chico Pereira


Director: Chico Pereira
Section: International Independents
Country: Germany, Spain, United Kingdom
Year: 2017
Language: Spanish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Manuel Molera Aparicio, Gorrión, Zafrana, Paca Molera Pereira, Mamen Gómez Heredia



Manolo has a simple life in Southern Spain and two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión, and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the US, the brutal 2200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. The small obstacles of shipping a donkey, Manolo's history of heart attacks, and Gorrión's fear of water are not easily overcome! Will they find the American West? More importantly, will they be able to see life as it is, and not as it should be?

Meet the director


Chico Pereira

After several award-winning short fiction films, Chico Pereira (born 1979 in Almadén, Spain) moved towards documentary by devising minimalist narratives inspired by real-life characters and performed by them. As part of his research for the MFA Advanced Film Practice at Edinburgh Napier University, Chico started combining fiction and documentary film techniques. PABLO'S WINTER was his graduation film and his first feature length work. It won awards at DOK Leipzig, IDFA and Full Frame, and opened the 2013 MoMA Documentary Fortnight in NYC. A short doc, POLARIS, about Filipino fishermen on Scottish boats, followed. DONKEYOTE is his second full-length feature.


Screenplay: Chico Pereira, Manuel Pereira, Gabriel Molera
Director of Photography: Julian Schwanitz
Film Editor: Nick Gibbon
Sound: Mark Deas, René Peltsch
Producer: Ingmar Trost
Production Company: Sutor Kolonko
Co-Producer: Sonja Henrici
Co-Production Company: SDI Productions Ltd, Opa Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Arte
World Sales: Scottish Documentary Institute