In a remote village in the Peruvian Andes a little girl is waiting for the arrival of the new books brought in a rucksack by a volunteer, walking all the way in a journey lasting for several days.
In another village an old lady tells how to dye wool in a natural manner; all this material, as collected and transcribed by a volunteer, will make up one of the new books of the Enciclopedia Campesina (Rural Encyclopedia).
Rural libraries in Peru are made up of a few dozen books which, once they are read, are carried on people's backs with indian corn and potatoes, to be exchanged to others between communities. Both message and messenger travel togheter, in a pristine landscape a few steps away from the clouds.
Director: Pier Paolo Giarolo
Co-Producer: Pierre-Oliver Bardet (Ideale Audience, Paris/France)