Evaristo and Tony, indigenous brothers from northwest Mexico, have just graduated from
elementary school when they receive an assignment from their grandfather: to deliver
some medicine at the other extreme of the Sierra Tarahumara. Tony and Evaristo,
dreading the long road ahead, decide to take their grandfather’s horse and set off into a
journey that becomes longer than they expected.
Evaristo and Luis Antonio —indigenous brothers from the Sierra Tarahumara in
northwest Mexico— have just graduated from boarding elementary school. Evaristo
desires to continue his education, leading a bicultural life, where the Tarahumara, or
Raramuri as they call themselves, have the opportunity to keep learning to speak, read
and write in Spanish, the Mexican official language. Meanwhile Luis Antonio “ Tony” is
very happy to be done with school. Even though he is a smart kid and has won a grant to
move on to high school, he prefers to live life in the ranch, where the kids grow up at a
very young age.
One morning the brothers are sent to deliver some medicine to a far away community.
Tony asks their grandfather for permission to take his horse but the answer is no.
Nevertheless, Tony decides to take it, even if Evaristo is not convinced.
They take a wrong path that leads them to a narrow and deep canyon. The horse cannot
go on so the boys tie it around a tree. When they come back for it the horse is no longer
there. Both, angry and worried, walk in the forest looking for it; Tony thinks the horse
was stolen while Evaristo is worried about the assigment. Arguing about this they
suddenly loose each other. Now each on their own they continue the journey separately;
Tony looks for the horse and ends up at an amusing party, while Evaristo is lonely in the
canyons looking for the place to deliver the medicine. The trip becomes longer than
expected. They can’t go back without the horse.
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