Manolo leads a simple life in Southern Spain and has two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión (“Sparrow”), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the United States, the brutal 2,200 mile Trail of Tears – but not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacles of shipping a donkey, Manolo’s chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión’s fear of water are just a few matters to take care of. As their adventure continues, Manolo’s wondrous friendship with his animals finds a beautiful equilibrium. Will they find the American West? More importantly, will they be able to see life as it is, and not as it should be?
Filmed with a lovely intimacy but at the same time taking full advantage of the stunning Spanish vistas, director Chico Pereira has created more than just a simple documentary about a man (and his donkey) on a mission in this beautiful tale of love, passion and adventure.
- year 2017
- rating TN
- runtime 86
- director Chico Pereira
- country Germany/Spain/UK
- Genre Biographical, Documentary
- Programs Documentary Features Competition