Vivan Las Antipodas
What is the shortest route between Entre Ríos in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: they are located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth’s surface. During his visits to four such antipodal pairs, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captured images that turn our view of the world upside down. A beautiful, peaceful sunset in Entre Ríos is contrasted with the bustling streets in rainy Shanghai. People who live in a wasteland are connected to people dwelling next to a volcano. Landscapes whose splendor touches the soul are juxtaposed with the clamor of a vast city. These antipodes seem mythically connected, somehow united by their oppositeness. Kossakovsky’s movie is a feast for the senses, a fascinating kaleidoscope of our planet.
What would happen if you dug a tunnel straight through the center of the Earth to discover the land diametrically opposite of where you are? “Vivan Las Antipodas” answers that question for four of Earth’s antipodes: Entre Rios, Argentina, with Shanghai, China; Patagonia, Chile, with Lake Baikal, Russia; Big Island, Hawaii, with Kuba, Botswana; and Miraflores, Spain, with Castle Point, New Zealand. In this fascinating film, viewers are taken around the world to observe the differences and similarities of life in other cultures.Though vastly different, each place is connected. The wonder of this connection is best expressed by brothers Abel and Orlando Perez of Entre Rios, Argentina, when they muse, “How mysterious, there’s another world down there. The world spins but they’re always below us.” Living busy lives and so often distracted by the bubble of our own surroundings, this thought-provoking travelogue offers a welcome humility with the reminder that our daily lives and cultures are merely one of many. In recognizing the many, we can better appreciate the one we possess. With its eye-opening, realistic, and unassuming approach to answering the question, “What’s on the other side?” the Dove Foundation confidently awards “Vivan Las Antipodas” the “Family-Approved” Seal.