Calle 13 - Sin Mapa (English Subtitles)


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Transcript:
Damn...
...where do I begin?
It was like, back in 1990.
My mother has some contractions and pops out the 6th member...
...of the family.
...we all moved to 13th street (Calle 13)...
...right in front of the baseball park.
I remember that we were three brothers living...
...in the same room.
We had the Carraizo Lake completely for ourselves...
...until 6pm, because that's when they would open the dam.
My brother Eduardo and I used to play...
...in the Trujillo Alto league.
In 'La Calle 13', baseball was all there was.
"Try a another....another flow there."
Playing baseball was "our daily bread".
It was like... our ticket to get out of there.
To get out of that hole where everything was normal...
...where some things happened but the truth was...
...that nothing happened at all.
Ironically, the first team in which we played...
...representing Trujillo Alto...
...was called "Los Raperos" (The Rappers).
Today, from that team, there are 3 Raperos less:
Canito, Nandito and Christopher, may they rest in peace.
I carry them in my heart always.
"What's up Nicaragua! We live!"
"You're going to represent your country. Right now....
...In front of a lot of people."
"I want you to enjoy it, 'til the very end.
Put this on and I want you to dance harder than you've ever...
...had to in your life.
This is for your father, your family and your country."
"My mother passed away." "Well in her name then.
All the more reason, you hear?"
And what does Calle 13 sing to?
To the beauty of a fat girl in a mini skirt...
...To how the FBI could kill a man without a permit.
Calle 13 is the middle class, the mix of all social classes.
The uncomfortable wanting to live comfortably.
Too poor to be rich and too rich to be poor.
People ask themselves what inspires Calle 13?
Well, it's simple: everything that surrounds us.
CALLE 13 SIN MAPA
This is the story of a trip...
...through the Calle 13 of South America.
A month trying to decipher a continent...
and I still don't know where to begin.
Perhaps with Amado...
...and the "death" of Sierra Nevada in Colombia...
...or with the Yekuana and their wise innocence in Venezuela...
...or with the pride of a race that celebrates its dead.
No. It's better we start from the beginning.
Starting in Peru.
"Lake Titicaca, to us, is a mystery."
"Lake Titicaca lives. It's alive."
"In the Keshua dialect, it's name is Mama Cocha."
"This is probably how the conquistadors arrived."
We arrived at the island of Amantani.
"Hello."
Four thousand meters above sea level.
That's like, 12 thousand feet...
...in the middle of Lake Titicaca.
One of the biggest lakes in the world.
"Hi. How's it going? Everything OK?"
Why do I think I decided to travel?
"Because...
... I sincerely felt that...
...if I wanted to talk about things other...
...than shaking your ass.
I felt there was a need to get out there...
...and experience new places or to actually know...
...for myself what it is I've been talking about, understand?
To have a base to be able to speak from.
" Five hundred years ago, Spaniards walked over...
...this same slope looking for gold.
Through blood and fire they exterminated the Incas...
...the biggest civilization ofthe Americas.
But in this island they failed to get rid of people...
...like Juan who invited us to his home.
"You are welcome to the island ofAmantani.
This is my house, where I live.
The room will be this one, for you."
"Thank you, seriously."
"The room is very small, you have to be careful...
...with your head."
"Papi, this is fucking awesome, here I can live in peace.
Now I know where I'm moving when I get sick of it all."
" Papi, this is to come here and forget, about vacations...
Your coming for vacation?"
"...and it has central A/C."
Here with me on this trip is my little brother Gabriel, Ismael...
Calle 13's drummer, and Brian, my right-hand man.
In Peru the indigenous people are called "cholos"...
...which means 'street dogs'.
But in spite of the oppression and the racism on this island...
...they keep their traditions alive.
"We are on our way to visit a "curandero", a shaman.
He's going to bless the trip."
"...and this is the most beautiful of the beautiful...
...things I've ever seen... in my life."
A couple of months before, Calle 13 had been on tour...
...on the other side of Peru.
Lima, the grand capital.
"..it's a noon TV show where everybody is going to see you."
"The best drink in Peru. Cheers, with Inca Cola"
"I'm hungry and sleepy."
Here in Latin America, T.V sells people the dream...
...of being white with blue eyes.
"...visiting here are the boys from Calle 13..."
...in a country where 90 percent ofthe population...
...is the color of cinnamon.
If being dark skinned is an issue in Peru...
...to be homosexual must be considered a sin.
"Did you guys imagine that the song Atrevete...
...would be so popular?
And as a matter of fact, I'm going to tell you about...
...some folks here in Peru.
They came out of the closet and were quite manly men,
but with this song like, they change...
...and now they're..."
"It doesn't bother me that they didn't understand the idea...
...of what I was trying to say with 'Atrevete' or whatever.
It's perhaps the lack of respect at the moment...
...against homosexuals there"
"An applause!"
It's a comedy show and you make fun of everybody.
If you can make fun of a fat guy, skinny guy...
...you can make fun of homosexuals or a straight or...
....but they did it in a negative way, understand?
Like, they did it in the most obvious and cliche way...
...the way any moron would make fun of homosexuals.
"I hit my nuts...
...l had to take a piss."
"Yellow water."
"We're in the middle of a ritual."
Hold on....the radio, hold on, hold on.
"It started. Damn. I've leaving this here...PlSS!"
"3....
2....
1 ...
CALLE 13!!!"
"All artists travel from hotel to hotel and they travel...
...and it's quick 'cause it's a race where you get money...
...and you lose money and you get money.
That's how it is, you know?"
"We're still thinking about what we want to do.
It's been a year and we still...
...we have a map, but we don't know.
I would like to have time to travel...
...and get to know the countries better."
Calle 13 found a different way of using words to mock...
the Spanish language.
The 'Real Academia EspaƱola' (Real Academy EspaƱola), well...
...we'll leave that to Spain.
This is not something new to Amantani.
When the conquistadors arrived, the natives hid their...
...beliefs under the religious symbols of the Catholic Church.
And Juan would translate them for us.
"Here in Amantani, there are some shamans at work so...
...there would be peace in the world, so there would be...
...friendship.
So there would be a good harvest...
...so rain could fall in it's time...
...so there won't be any harsh weather."
"These are the ingredients necessary to pay tribute...
...to the earth." "
'hoya'...if someone is envying you..."
"...flower of earth..."
"...Pachamama Santa Tacu..."
"Here we have the fetus of a Lama.
It's very sought after. To remove the fetus you need...
...to sacrifice the finest animal."
"When we pick 'coca'...
...three leaves, it is called 'Los Tres MundosAndinos'."
"There's world up above, a terrestrial world...
...and an infernal world."
"This also represents...
...the condor, the puma and the snake."
"He's putting on its clothing. Its coat.
As a fetus it's naked, so he is going to dress it.
He's adorning it in the colors of the Peruvian flag."
"Do you have a girlfriend? What is her name?"
"Denise."
"You don't have children, do you? "
"No."
"Puerto Rico."
"Yeah."
"There it is, your country."
"Each one of you is going to take up to three leaves to make
a wish for whatever you want."
"...and then I think about..."
"Yes, what it is that you wish for."
"Not that I'm superstitious...
...but when I feel positive energy, I deal...
...it's like I'll live the complete story.
It was the same thing with the shaman.
I did everything that had to be done...
...and if it would've been Buddhism...
I would do everything depending on the energy.
How ever the people would handle it."
At that moment, my mind was full of promises.
I had a strong urge to do something.
Let's see if with the help ofthe fire...
...and through the music, I can continue to communicate...
...with the people.
With the entire town.
The first thing that happens at a height of four thousand...
...meters.
Is that it becomes difficult to breathe.
"This is...I'll tell you, that I hope it goes away...
because it's really hurting me."
"I feel like I got my ass kicked."
Your body takes in less oxygen.
Your head starts hurting really badly.
The body needs to produce more red blood cells...
...which means one has to feed it, and in order to feed it...
...one has to sow.
"Be careful. I slipped."
"How are you feeling?"
"A little...out of practice.
But we will get there."
The Spaniards took the gold...
but the Andes' true treasure was under ground.
"Did you see all that? It's awesome."
And in Amantani it was harvest time.
We had to dig up potatoes and... well, the potato was born here.
"We all help each other.
Nobody works for themselves, it's all for the common good."
This island is an example of how the world should operate.
"Good-bye."
It was simple. An entire town working together.
"It's called 'Ayne'." "' Ayne'."
"' Ayne' means 'to help'."
"It's a way of reciprocation."
"Was your home also built by everyone?"
"Yes, everyone."
Everyone working for everyone.
They loved their land as much as their own mothers.
"How are you? Everything ok?"
"The custom we have here when we greet each other...
...here in Amantani, is with the coca leaves.
It's a way of saying hello.
Lets say....for instance if I ask him to...
...lend me his hat or whatever because I don't have one.
I'll give him coca leaves and he'll lend it to me.
If I don't have coca leaves, he won't lend it to me."
"Now the gentlemen are preparing the soil...
...for potatoes to be planted."
"And from where do they start? From right here?"
Today the potato is the 4th most important crop in the world...
...the one which could end hunger.
And these Indigenous people, the so called 'street dogs'...
are the ones who keep the white man's belly full...
...and cheeks rosy.
And to thinkthat at first, Europeans thought...
...that the potato was the Devil's food...
...just because it grew underground.
"I'm going to ruin this man's harvest."
Spaniards used to build very tall churches to worship God.
Here they use the mountain's peak to give praise...
...to their gods,...
...and the most important one, 'Pachamama', the mother earth.
"This is the temple of 'Pachamama'.
This is where we pay tribute to her, in the middle there...
...and inside there's a door to the laboratory...
...where all the of the islands resources are kept.
There are potatoes, coca....many of the ingredients
we use to pay her tribute are kept there."
And then every year they change and they are cleansed as well.
In there is where it's all kept."
"But, nobody goes in there."
"No.No one enters."
"I took with me something super...
...something as big as the sky, you know?"
"I never imagined that that kind of life-style could exist."
"It was like...how do I explain it...utopia-like.
There it was like...
...having a type of communism there, that worked."
"It was almost perfect."
But the world is not perfect...
...let alone Latin America.
I wanted to see a different reality...
...the extreme.
Everyday, buses leave Juliaca, a town on lake Titicaca's shore...
...and their destination is a place even higher...
...than Amantani, much more cold and less colorful.
Marc, the guy who's reading the newspaper had thought...
...of taking us to 'La Rinconada', a gold mine.
Those were the worst 8 hours of traveling I've ever...
experienced in my life.
"I sat in the isle seat.
People started selling pork rinds and diving watches...
...and things."
"And the smells.
What made the biggest impression on me were the smells."
"Thanks you, sir."
"It was a very strange thing, you know?
There was a lady selling pork rinds, another selling...
...chicken, and another. It was really something.
It was something very special."
"It was hard because they would walk by and hit you,...
...the liquid from their food would pour on you...
...they would elbow you and crowd around..."
"Although it was inconvenient...
...the truth is...
...that we were all there like a group of horses.
It was all the same."
Marc had told us that we were headed to hell on earth.
I thought he was exaggerating.
It was the first time my little brother Gabriel travelled...
....outside of Puerto Rico and when I started realizing...
...where we were headed, I started to worry.
"From the moment you begin to ascend, you start seeing all...
...the graves of the people that had been killed there."
"As we were going up...
...before we would get to the more dangerous cliffs,...
...we would see another bus way up there...
...that if it falls off, that's it. It falls."
"It was like, damn how high is this?"
"On the curve, yeah we were all shitting our pants...
...and we all thought we were going to fall,...
...but obviously we all played it off...
...because if one person showed fear...
...everyone else would be screwed."
"Brian was the one that was the most...
...because he was sleeping the whole time...
and didn't want to check out the scenery very much."
"I don't understand it because I've never felt like...
...that in my life.
It was like the higher we went the body begins...
...to break down and it begins to turn into something else...
...and it all goes here, to the head."
Our minds were dreaming of gold...
...and all the gold we were going to take out of there.
We were on our way to 'La Rinconada', the highest...
...goldmine in the world.
We were going to need more oxygen, but with gold...
...in your head, one could forget to even breathe.
"What made the biggest impression on me was...
...what I saw outside.
Which would be the changes from an intense green...
...to a brown all tore up, and then all of a sudden...
...the green returns with the yellow and the flowers...
...and at that moment a man covered in mud.
It was a very strange thing like, you would be happy,...
...then sad, happy, then sad."
La Rinconada is so high that not even the multinationals...
...can reach it.
"..it was a strange energy, not even negative,...
...because it wasn't negative. It was an odd kind of energy."
In order to go that far, you have to be desperate.
"We were getting up there, little by little in which...
...brown became black.
And that's where I said 'from black...
...we go to white... snow'...
...one would think it'll be beautiful, but no.
It was a disaster."
What is a disaster?
Too much fame too quickly?
To think that one is more valuable than gold?
Mexico City.
28 million people.
The MTV awards...
...and Calle 13 trying hard to justify their existence.
In less than a year Calle 13 had become...
...'la fokin moda' (the fuckin' shit)
A few hours before the awards...
What does fame mean?
To live from hotel to hotel...
From country to country...
To have little time to share with your family...
For the first time in a long time, I brought my mom with me.
"Who ever messes with her, I'll destroy their life...
I'll tear out their heart through their mouth."
"Not that, no..."
"Your such an exaggerator, no, no, no..."
"I'm kidding, but it's true. Look."
"They are normal human beings like anyone else."
"I don't use make-up."
"I see the massive crowd and I tell myself...
...all those people are there to see them.
I can't explain it, it something very odd."
"Calle 13 is coming out."
From eating rice with sausages almost every day...
...in Trujillo Alto, to the red carpet in less than a year.
Things aren't so bad.
"How do you feel after the show and the awards?"
"The same. I want to eat, shit...
...write and fuck."
"What I always tell them is to be humble because...
...fame is nothing.
What's most important is how we are as human beings...
...what we have inside all of us."
"Do you feel any different ?"
"I would feel different if I had plastic surgery...
...but since I haven't done it, I don't feel any different."
"I'm going to have plastic surgery.
On my dick because I got a small one."
"Everyone is asking for your music...
...like a Manu Chao, what do think about that?"
"We are very happy.
Calle 13 is this concept where a bit more...
...alternative inside the genre outside the genre.
"We're trying something alternative within...
...the genre of Reggaeton."
"Calle 13 it's something a bit more alternative inside...
...outside ofthat genre."
"I don't know which genre we are in..."
"It's a de-genre." "It's a degeneration."
"Reggaeton is a genre that was created in the neighborhoods...
...and it has a capacity it reached the people...
...regardless if it was danceable or if they said...
...crazy things or stupidities.
It reached the people, lots of people."
"From that angle, I admire Reggaeton.
What bothers me, is what bothers everyone else.
It came to a hault, it has gotten monotonous...
...that it has nothing else to say..."
"I took the pills already"
"Yea you took them, but don't worry...
...nothing is going to happen to you "
"I'm really dizzy."
"Yeah, yeah that's totally normal.
Just lay back."
"Is it normal to feel this dizzy?"
"There were inhuman conditions, understand?
People were walking in shit.
Imagine that you're in your house, you shit on the floor...
...and you walk right through it.
And you piss on the floor and walk right through it.
They never clean it."
"It's a miracle I didn't even see a damn rat run through there
I think they'll die, they probably can't even live there."
"In Puerto Rico you'll see people in bad shape...
...but not so bad as the people there.
I would ask myself as I was writing...
...how the hell would these people want to continue...
...living any more...
...with this place being so fucked up?
It was like, in this shit hole, there was...
...a powerful will to continue living that I have no idea...
...where the hell they get it.
I wouldn't be able to have it."
"...I'm not going to die."
35,000 miners, and 300 prostitutes in a town...
...with no water, no sewers, no police, no oxygen...
... I just didn't get it.
I don't understand what all these people are doing here...
...let alone the first four Puerto Ricans ever...
...to set foot in this frozen hellhole.
"We were parked and all these people are looking...
at you with the worst look.
There was no happiness there. The only happiness I saw were...
...two drunks there.
And I was like, get the hell out of here...
they're going to eat me alive. You know, with the green eyes...
...all skinny.
No but for real, I was pretty freaked out."
"I don't know if I'm dying...
I love you all.
I feel terrible, my head really hurts."
"Papi, that's exactly what you said it was...
...it was hell brother."
"Everyone, at this time I'm...
...experiencing a very difficult moment."
I'm dizzy.
You've never seen me like this before...Never."
"We are next to the highest point anyone can reach."
"To top it off I had Brian with me...
...who is one of the guys with us.
Talking about how he felt his heart stop..."
"I had no idea how bad Rene was doing...
...he was dealing with a lot, but he wasn't showing it..."
"...but my words were doing more harm to him than good..."
"Brian is dying..."
"May God bless you all.
Thank you for everything.
In the name ofthe Lord, Amen."
"Brian is being a jerk...
...get me to the people that know about this place...
...so they can talk to me and calm me down..."
"OK, please..."
"What's happening to you?"
"Nothing's happening to me, for real. I'm not going to die."
"What I haven't told you, is that I'm a hypochondriac...
and when you guys start talking too much shit...
....my mind races, you know?
And I go crazy."
"There are 35,000 people here, right?
"Yeah." "...35,000 people.
Those 35,000 people work everyday in the mines.
They eat like shit, they don't have vitamins...
...they don't shower everyday, they live in all this mess...
...but they survive.
And they do that everyday.
What is it that's happening with you?
"Here there is 50 less oxygen, which means that...
...for every two breathes you take here...
... it's the same as 1 breathe down below.
In other words, you have to breathe more...
...and you hyperventilate.
And you feel overwhelmed and claustrophobic...
...you can have a panic attack or something like that."
With a couple of stories in my head about people who...
...had come all the way up here and would never return.
Because they died up there lacking air.
Too high and without oxygen tanks...
...much higher than La Paz in Bolivia.
What are these people made of?
What kind of lungs do they have?
How can they breathe here?
What am I doing here?
I was trying to understand how it is possible for these
...people to live proudly in this hellish place...
...taking their own gold out, pure gold, their gold!
No multinationals controlling them.
Might it be that it is worth sacrificing oneself like that...
...here, to have something of their own?
"We were getting in the truck to go back to the hotel...
and there everything tripled."
"We started seeing the people...
...walking through the same streets of shit and mud.
We went up to the hotel and I though that once we got up...
there everyone was going to calm down.
I didn't thinkthe hotel would be any good...
but I also didn't think it would be like that."
"I saw Gabriel laying in his bed all calm...
Brian lays down to warm up."
"In that room there I didn't respond and I even let out...
...a few tears because I couldn't take it anymore...
...and I let myself go."
"I see my room and there isn't a single window.
Then...
I leave the room...
...and I see Rene is still looking around...
...and he still hasn't laid down."
"What's happening is that, I need to feel...
...that the possibility of leaving now, exists."
"That's when things exploded."
"I don't like that everyone is seeing me like this"
"I start to sweat..."
"My heart begins beating rapidly..."
"For real, I can't speak..."
"...lets go on foot, for real I need to keep moving.."
"... I want to leave, something is going to happen to me."
"I'll go on my own, but I need to leave, for real."
"He's coming undone."
"I want to feel like you guys are helping me...
...and that we're leaving."
"He was being so dramatic that I started to worry."
"For real I can't speak, It's hitting me now.
What I need now is for you guys to help me...
...get out of here."
"All of a sudden..."
"...the lights go out."
"Total darkness in an area that...
...even with light was nasty, you know?
Imagine it with out light."
"Everything was mud, everything was in total darkness."
"Sometimes you'd set foot on solid ground, but other times...
...you'd step in something deep where your foot would...
...sink to the bottom, and you know what you were stepping in.
You didn't know what you were going to step in who you were...
...going to run into or run into you or with what"
A couple of hours later, electricity returned...
...as well as the snow.
The temperature went down to 15 degrees below zero.
We couldn't take it.
8 hours of driving back in the dark awaited us...
...through the cliffs.
"I can't feel my feet. They're frozen."
The thought of this mine being the only option...
...for many Peruvians, makes me realize that people...
...here will do anything in order to survive.
I think that some Latin American countries, as well as the U.S...
...are extremely spoiled.
We live a very comfortable life.
Way too comfortable!
"The people's lifestyle over there stayed with me...
...that will never leave me.
That was fucked up."
The next day on our way back, I had more than enough time...
...to think.
I thinkthat going to the mines made me better appreciate...
...those little details no one never notices or recognizes.
Those small details like the shoes I'm wearing right now.
Like how much work does it takes to produce...
...three thousand shoes a day?
Like how many cliffs do people have to climb.
Like how much snow has to fall.
All that, just so people won't have to walk...
...through the city barefoot.
"I'll follow Ismael"
"I'll follow Rene"
The train to Machu Pichu.
How were we going to miss our 'Great Wall of China'...
...the King Kong of South America?
The most famous ruins of the continent.
But the mystery that I had built up in my head...
...was slowly vanishing before we even arrived.
It looked like a tourist trap.
"We're about to get to Machu Pichu, from what I can tell...
...there is going to be a percentage of 30% Asian...
"For every Puerto Rican there are 40 Asians."
"...and 30% English. They are tied"
"Everything is filled with tourists."
Regardless, in my mind, the mystery remained alive.
The lost city of the Incas.
Currently one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
"Those are all lies. It's a lie.
I have stories much better than that one.
And I'll tell them for free."
"Do you think they actually scaled this?
All the way up here?
Please, the only ones that can do that are theAmericans...
...which built the Statue of Liberty."
"This is like...
...Disney World.
In Disney World, when you...
I didn't go when i was a kid, but when the kids put on...
...that Mickey hat with the ears, here in Machu Pichu...
...they put on that little hat from...
...that's the hat there.
You see?
That hat is like putting on the Mickey ears in Disney World.
This is like...
...this is like Disney World.
That's why it bothers me quite a bit."
If you really want to experience Machu Pichu...
...you should earn it, with sacrifice.
Sweat it out.
Deserve it.
"They made these stairs that are vertical,slippery and dangerous.
And if someone experiences vertigo, they are not...
During the last days of the Inca Empire, a prophecy...
...convinced the emperor that his days were numbered...
And he ordered his warriors to look for the perfect place...
...to build his last hideout.
"Look, the natives climbed here at 15 years old, you bastard"
I don't know how many Incas must've lost their lives...
...to set each one of those stones.
"These bastards..."
All I know is that the more I climbed, the more willing...
... I was to lose mine.
"Look, but Gabriel and Brian were left behind."
"Are you OK Gabriel?"
It wasn't a question of pride...
...but of respect.
Respect for the prophecies that inspired...
...the creation of Machu Pichu.
"Where do we have to go?"
I felt tired.
I didn't even want to look to my side. I started asking myself...
...how the hell I was going to get down after going up?
"That's it here I... that's it. I swear to you."
"You sound like me."
"Ah, shit.
What a son of a bitch, Marc."
"Hold on to these rocks."
I didn't care how I had to get up there. If it had to be...
...with my eyes closed or open, crawling, running...
...dragging myself it didn't matter. All that mattered was...
...that I had to make it.
"Let's go."
"I'm dragging myself...
...like a snake."
"I'm like a puma in the jungle."
"Like a pussy cat."
"Like a frightened little mouse."
"Of course, can you see the city?"
"It's only a small stretch where you can see a bit of the city.
Just a bit longer."
"Oh, man..."
This is where the Inca's made it to.
And from up here one really takes notice of the grandness...
...oftheir deeds.
Machu Pichu...
The lost city that the spaniards were never able to find.
Sometimes...
In order to see closely...
...one must stand from afar.
"Let's move up, lets go to a place where...
...they don't understand us.
To a place really, really far away...
...to oblivion..."
"Sometimes you see things from the outside...
...you see things like a painting the further away...
...the clearer it looks."
"I consider myself way out there for real...
...seeing everything that's happening.
And at any moment I have the ability to get closer..."
Throughout our trip I wanted to get a better sense ofwhat...
...was happening in the continent.
I wanted to know the thoughts of those who suffered...
...because of the destruction of their forests.
The thoughts of the ones who were here first...
...before anyone...
...and are now refugees with a fear that's greater...
...than the distance from here to Japan.
We arrived in Venezuela, and Eduardo my brother...
...met us there.
We went with Marc to see one of the last untouched corners...
...of South America.
Atrip on canoe through the Caura River...
...towards the heart of the jungle.
Ajourney to the indigenous communities...
...to our ancestors...
...that were forgotten and left behind.
We're here in the middle of nowhere...
...and ourjourney felt more and more real.
The only ones that get here are the missionaries...
...in their aircrafts, that keep searching for souls to convert.
Nobody escapes religion.
That night we camped in a refuge because we still had...
...a long way to go until we reached the communities.
"Look, let's see where we are going to sleep...
...and we'll regroup."
"Ok, we'll see."
"Here are your roots like you wanted them, like Bob Marley...
...there are your roots."
"It's been... six hours since anyone's been here."
I thought a bit of humor would do us good...
...so I started to imitate Marc, giving us instructions.
"Where are we going to sleep here?"
"OK, who knows how to hang hammocks here?"
"I know how to... lay down."
"Ok, Martin, you hang the hammocks with... you, Gabriel."
"Look Brian, with Martin... eh... we're going...
...to hang the hammocks"
"Someone else will hang the tankwith the little stove...
...over there."
"You are helping me with the gas stove, and you...Ismael"
"We should do all of this as quickly as possible...
...before nightfall."
"We going to be here for a while, and then we'll leave...
...in the morning, OK? Well... lets go!"
"Look, when you pull over here..."
"And then this goes here..."
"...you grab here...
...through the bottom and you put it through here."
"...I put this through here..."
"...how is it here, with this?"
"...like a condom, you see?"
I felt like I was with my brothers and sisters...
...in Lago Carraizo, in Puerto Rico when we used to live...
...on la Calle 13.
"Hey, we're going over there where the rock is...
...we'll hang out there."
"The fire is trying to say something."
"It's telling us it's most intimate moments..."
"How the hell is it that you guys won three Grammys?"
"We all ask ourselves the same thing."
"Me too... I ask myself how?"
And if this still surprises me, imagine how it was when...
...we were nominated for the first time.
Not just for one, but for three...
...with our very first album.
"This is the last place we'll visit before taking off...
...all the way back to New York for the Grammys.
For real, the Grammies can suck my dick, real hard."
"We should win at least one Grammy..."
"For real, for real, for real...
...I think we should win like...two..."
"...and for real, for real, for real...
I think we're going to win one."
"If we don't win anything, it's not like I'm going...
...to get frustrated or anything...
... I'll think that...everything is a lie, you hear me?
I'm not going to belive shit of the Academy and I'm going...
...to dedicate the rest of my career lashing out...
...at the academy."
"I don't wish them any harm...
...it's just my sincerest feeling.
I'm being real... with what I'm telling you."
"And the Latin Grammy... and the Latin Grammy goes...
...and the Latin Grammy goes to..."
"CALLE 13!"
"CALLE 13!"
Calle 13 won 3 Latin Grammys and celebrated...
...with a free concert in La Perla, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"To all those with no balls that don't understand we just...
...won 3 Latin Grammys, with no balls can they...
...can suck it, real hard!"
"I'm bringing my mom up here..."
"I think it was important, that in this case...
...to bring out my mom, that's like...
...the most beautiful woman in existence to me."
"La Perla, Puerto Rico, this is my mom!"
"Look forward..."
"A round of applause for my old lady, dammit! Hey..."
After one wins three Grammys, instead of making you...
...two eggs, they make you four...
"These are the eggs for Calle 13..."
...and with extra cheese.
"...and this is for their genital organs!"
"Welcome to my... crib..."
"This is one of those hotels where you're supposedly...
...stay at when you win 3 Grammys and all that..."
"...this is where they keep the robes..."
"When you are worried, this is where you pace."
"You can clean your ass here with the little stream of water"
"This is my bed...
...a pretty bad ass bed."
"You can have sex and look at yourself in the mirror here..."
...and you also have this thing here, that's also good...
...for you know?"
"But if I wouldn't have won anything, they would have...
...never given me any of this."
"Thank you...you guys can now go to hell..."
"...did you hear that?"
"Bye."
And there we were, coming from hotels with...
...unnecessary luxuries to the Caura River...
Waking up in a "five star hammoc'.
"Damn, it's so nice to sleep here."
This river is the life of this place...
...and out of the thousands of rivers in South America...
...this is one of the few that remains relatively...
...untouched by man.
With the clearest waters I have ever seen.
"Hey Alexandra, you were snoring last night."
The Caura is a lost world, filled with lots of species...
...unknown to man.
Not to long ago they found a little red tailed fish...
...and they named it "Yekuana", like the indigenous people...
...who live in that region.
One day they might suddenly find a plant that cures cancer...
...or perhaps a homosexual cockroach.
"Is it normal to have cockroaches go in your ass?"
After breakfast, one of the chores I hate the most...
...washing pots and dishes.
"Rene, why don't you stop watching us...
...and start helping us."
For us, a river this beautiful is great to hang out at...
...and swim in, but... around here it's different.
For thousands of years the Caura has been like a home...
...one that provides everything needed...
...to the indigenous communities.
Today the white man insists on destroying it with his idea...
...of "progress".
The mining industry has arrived on its banks...
...and there are plans to put up a dam.
The first village that we saw was inhabited by refugees.
A "Yanomami" community from Brazil, that arrived...
...in Venezuela escaping the logging industry...
...which destroyed their land.
In the 80's the Yanomami's became the ultimate European...
...charity trend, in a "We are the World" fashion.
And like every trend, it ended...it all ended...
...and the so-called charity ended with it.
"1 ... 2... 3...
...8... 9... 10... 11 ...
They were in theirjungle, but since they moved...
...from Brazil to Venezuela, they had to study Spanish.
"A... E...
Orange... Blue... Red...
April...May...."
"Junio...Thursday... Friday...
Saturday... Sunday..."
"Very good, very good..."
I think that they liked our visit more than my class.
"...barefoot, under the sun, inside a river...
...now that's a real recess."
We arrived in Bocas de Nichare land of the Yekuanas...
...the ethnic group that controls these lands.
With the way they have organized themselves, they managed...
...to survive the loggers who have already destroyed...
...40 percent of the Amazonian rainforest.
Among the Yekuanas, each one of them has a task...
...within the community.
The river is never too far and now... it was time to fish.
I imagined myself at dusk going down the river with my friends.
I imagined myself back home fishing in Lago Carraizo...
...using anything I could find as a fishing reel.
I imagined all ofthis while listening to the sounds...
...of the jungle as I waited for a fish to bite the bait...
But we didn't catch anything.
In Caura River, fishing is a necessity.
So, we had to catch something.
One hour on a canoe without being able to see where...
...we were going, and if we don't catch fish, we don't eat.
We had to go to the rapids where the fish get trapped...
...and you can catch them using a spear.
"We're already here."
"At that moment, I had an intimate moment...
You know, one of those intimate moments that people have...
...where they go, 'What the hell am I doing here? Right now?' "
"I'm here in the middle of nowhere.
I imagine the people wondering what Calle 13 is up to...
That's if they even wonder about that kind ofthing...
...'cause I don't think they do...
...like when someone goes, 'I wonder what this person...
...doing right now?'
Oh, that bastard is probably fucking around with some girls.
Or eating in a restaurant or whatever it is people do...
...that sell records or are in movies...
...and I'm sure that no one imagined us being there...
...in that exact place."
"The entire sky over there wouldn't even fit in the...
...imagination when I would look up and see...
...all those stars like this, I was...you felt like...
...for real, it was a moment of freedom."
"We're going to trap an electric eel."
"An electric eel, or whatever comes...
...it's over there...
...but it's difficult.
Because you can't flash your lights too much...
...because they'll leave."
I would never even harm a little turtle...
...let alone one so sexy.
"What's the turtle's name?"
"Ehh, Sophia."
"Sophia."
We said our good-byes to Sophia because it was...
...about that time to finally catch something to eat.
"Whenever you want...I'll come over and teach you...
...how to catch fish with the harpoon, OK?"
"That guy is a bad-ass expert with that harpoon.
With nothing but a spear there, he throws it from a distance...
...at the fish and the son of a bitch nails them...
...and kills them the way you're supposed to.
I think it was even through where they wouldn't...
...suffer and everything."
"The fish from hell...
"Go ahead, it's in focus..."
"Raise the volume on the fish from hell.
Raise the volume on the fish from hell."
"...his heart still beats."
...making ravioli in the middle of nowhere.
But not even those ravioli made in the jungle were nearly...
...as incredible as the Yekuana girl who studied...
...in the nearest town, and who knew who Calle 13 was.
"You guys are from Puerto Rico, right?"
"Yes.
We are. The more attractive ones."
"And where do you know their song from?
Do the people like it?"
"Oh yeah, I'm a super fan. I really like that song."
And suddenly the whole village was there...
And suddenly the whole village was there...
"Go for it...
"Go for it...
Start playing."
"A round of applause for her...
...a round of applause for the dancer!"
It's impossible not to get infected with the happiness...
...and the innocence of Yekuana children.
"Look, Hold on! Shh... Shh..."
Hey hey..."
When the Spaniards arrived, they accused them...
...of being cannibals.
And they wiped out almost all ofthe population...
...and only 100 years ago, The Caucheros (The Rubber Barons)...
...would kill them for fun.
Nowadays there are some 5000 left...
...scattered throughout the river.
With their unique knowledge ofthe jungle...
With the memory of the massacres of the past and the threats...
...of the present.
To be with them for a while was like being a kid again...
...and realizing all the harm that we've done.
"You have very nice handwriting."
"You know how to write."
"Write my name.
Rene.
Very good.
It also has a little line... there.
But you don't have to do that, those are the Spaniards...
...that invented all that crap."
The Yekuana learned what to use from the modern world to help...
...them survive with their traditions.
For us, it was time to return to our world.
From canoes in the jungle, to American cars...
...from the 70's running through the desert...
...that unites Venezuela and Colombia through the north.
We were going to a country that was at war, a country that...
...defends itself with its music and happiness.
We arrived through the strangest road...
...passing by some remote villages in the middle...
...of the desert...
...crossing frontiers to arrive on what seemed to be...
...another planet.
We woke up with Arabic...
...chants from the Imam, the biggest mosque...
...of South America.
We were in Maicao, home of a prominent Lebanese colony...
...that fled a country at war, only to arrive to another one.
Ali was Marc's friend, and with him, we explored...
...the desert to see the other face of innocence.
We were going to a Wayuu settlement...
...nomadic aboriginal people who live between the cross fire...
...ofthe left-winged guerrillas...
...and the right-winged paramilitary.
Not knowing who to turn to for help, and under a government...
...that has abandoned them...
...this family is dying of hunger.
I couldn't understand...
"Here lives a father, mother and 7 brothers and sisters..."
This?
Today?
In a continent full of wealth?
I felt quite powerless, I... did not know...
...what to do to to help these people.
It was like gangrene, impossible to cure.
"This is one ofthe richest regions in Colombia...
...there is coal, there is oil, there is gas...
...there's is everything, but there is this as well.
That is the dilemma of Latin America...
...we don't have a solution for this.
This doesn't happen in Puerto Rico...
...and it's widespread. "
"Why can't we solve this, it shouldn't be so difficult...
...but it seems impossible."
"There was...
...a stop for the people that traveled to and from Venezuela.
They were all indigenous...
...and all that started coming to an end.
Why? Because people got here and started buying up land...
...and getting them to leave and the natives had...
...to leave their own land.
That's why it's great to have people like yourselves...
...that have traveled so much...
...and will take all this to the rest ofthe world.
"The first time I realized the strength we had...
...the power in us, the tool that is the microphone...
...the first time was with 'Beloved F.B.I."'
"It started with the assasination of a person...
...called Filiberto Ojeda Rios.
That...
...belonged to a well-known group in Puerto Rico...
...called "Los Macheteros".
It was a group that defended the national political ideals.
They were nationalists that were in favor of the independence...
...of Puerto Rico.
"They shot him...
...the guy wasn't dead they could've saved him...
...and they let him bleed to death there like a fish...
...waiting for him to run out of air so they can eat him."
"That's like, if I went to the United States...
...and wanted to kill Bush, because I wanted to...
...and killed him and then came right back to Puerto Rico...
...to have a hamburger"
"The same night I went to the wake...
I came back, went to the studio...
I wrote the track and recorded it.
And that same night during sunrise, it looked like...
...the song got out and everything exploded."
"That's why that track is very important to me...
...that track is what brought me back down to earth right there."
"It doesn't interest me to participate in an ideal...
...that's completely wrapped up with the United States...
...after all the things the United States have done...
...to Latin America."
"They have decimated..."
"...they have abused..."
"...they've handed them ass-beatings... for years..."
Freedom is not attained without martyrs.
We arrived to the first free town in America.
Palenque, Colombia.
Land of warriors.
"Here is our founder.
Thanks to him and and group of black men, today we are free."
"Thanks to him, we are the first free town in America."
"The word 'revolution'...
...comes from South America."
"Benkos Bioho was a black man...
...brought over from the African continent as a slave...
...to the city of Cartagena.
And together with a group of other black men...
...they broke free.
And came here...
...and here they worked and worked until they could take...
...care of themselves."
"This thing about having thirty people...
...and with these thirty people...
...achieving a grand change within a large country...
...when you have thousands of people trying to wipeout...
...these thirty people.
Those thirty people manage...
...to convert the entire country to be autonomous and complete"
"We don't let any police or soldiers come in here.
Here we say, no we take care of ourselves."
"In Peace."
"In peace, Palenque is a very pacifistic town."
"What happens is that Palenque is a very happy town.
Here the music drives us when we eat...
...the music drives us when we go to the fields...
...the music is in our schools...
...when we die, when we're born.
You see, so the music is scattered everywhere here...
...throughout all sectors."
We went to see this cute old lady, who could have...
...been my great grandmother.
And without much desire, she let loose a bit of chanted poetry...
...so that we could learn a little something...
...so that we would respect.
"It reminded me of Puerto Rico.
There are plenty of places in Puerto Rico that look...
...like Palenque.
The only difference is that they still conserve their language...
...where they still speak their African dialect.
"How do I explain this to you...
Puerto Rico and Palenque, we are all the same, we are brothers.
We all came from Africa.
We all speak the same language.
Hopefully you'll come back here...
...to hear our drums...
...to hear our music.
And that way, we will once again spend some time together...
...understand?"
"Yeah, Yeah! I understand. I understand."
"Hey, this is really nice here."
The palenqueros invited us to a "sancocho" a traditional stew...
...the perfect excuse to drink rum and listen to music but...
...being their guest meant I had to kill the hen.
"When they told me about killing the hen, it was great.
Fearlessly, I told them I've never done it before...
...but let's do it."
"But, squeezing it?"
"Of course, squeeze it hard so that it's quick and painless."
"And I do it, just like that?"
"Yea, just like that."
"You wanna' try it?
Why don't you take it, and try it out."
"Get a good hold of it's neck..."
"This one here?"
"That one there..."
"Through here..."
"That's right..."
"And now watch...
...give it a twist and if it doesn't kill her, I'll give...
...her a good whack on the floor."
"No, no, no, don't you bastard."
"Like this?"
"Yeah, that's how it is."
"I spin it around?"
"Yeah yeah, just spin it around!"
"Harder."
"I felt the hen's neck, like that when all...
...the little cables and things in her neck were snapping...
...you could feel it."
"There, it already snapped."
...but when it moved I freaked out and the other guy...
...grabbed it and was like, 'This is how you kill it'...
...and he finished her off."
I don't want to sound psycho, but I... kind of liked it."
The drum means everything to the palenqueros...
...it is their means of communication, their language.
And today their beat assembles all the musicians...
...of the region, of whatever race and all ages.
"At a musical level, it helped us a ton."
"It must've inspired my brother. You know, he's really quiet...
...and doesn't say much, but I know he was absorbing...
...everything he was listening and he was paying attention."
The other guests were the 'gaiteros' (woodwind) players...
of San Jacinto.
"When Freddy was playing... Freddy is what he's called...
...the flute.
Freddy mixed it up...
...he hit the flute and it was like...
...but the chorus troop gave it this flow.
It was something else brother, it was old-school Salsa...
...you know, and modern Salsa, understand?.
The old Salsa has a flow that's indecipherable, you know?
...and these guys hit it hard like...
...they weren't as fast as Freddy, but what they...
...were doing was memorable.
I felt privileged to be there."
The drums and flute were united...
Africa and the indigenous mix...
...the result was the sound ofAmerica...
...of a new race, of a society in conflict since it's birth...
...and a happiness filled with tears that knows no borders.
All of a sudden, somebody busted out an accordion...
...one of the few good things left by the Europeans.
"That vallenato was really great because...
...when he sang that...
...everything stopped, the party was paralyzed like that...
...everyone was listening to what the man was saying..."
"And it was amazing because what the guy was doing...
...was an informative vallenato, understand?
It was like, all of a sudden he opened an encyclopedia...
...and began singing what it says in the encyclopedia."
"His music was be-witching, I don't know how he did it.
But, he just grabbed the party, and put it in his pocket."
Our trip was supposed to end here, on the shores...
...of the Caribbean.
But we had one final surprise left.
Amado, and the world of the Arhuacos from...
La Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta.
The mountain range starts in the Caribbean and goes...
...all the way up to the snow.
Throughout the centuries it has been the home...
...of the most ancient indigenous people...
...of the continent.
Today they are threatened by drug traffickers and a war...
...that respects no one.
"The Sierra Nevada is divided into four indigenous tribes...
...the Koguis...the Wiwas... Kankuamos and the Arhuacos."
"The earth is a single body...
...like ours that has bones, tendons, veins...
...so as they begin to destroy it, they're destroying...
...vital organs of that body."
"Each element from nature is represented...
...the masculine and the feminine.
With plants, the coca is feminine.
The woman can't use coca because...
...it would be two woman together.
"The coca plant is very sacred to us.
When it is going to be planted...
...there are people that have received the proper...
...instructions on how to harvest it.
It has to be a woman that collects the leaves.
"The white man, the non indigenous man...
...considers it a dangerous plant.
Dangerous is the man who converts it into poison...
...filling it with so many chemicals.
That's where the harm is."
"For us, the territory is a temple, because there...
...is where all the codes and norms are...
...that have been established since the creation of the world.
But with the arrival of the white man, the mountains were...
...destroyed, the sacred sites were desecrated.
So, as our responsibility, we have to recuperate...
...the land and conserve it to re-stabilize the land...
...once more."
"So there are many people that are unaware we exist...
...even with all the ancestral vision."
There was our dilemma...
...Black, White and Indian...
...three races who are bound together through blood...
...and fire and still don't know where are they headed.
Three races that run through my veins...
...each one of them saying something different...
...and that together could say much more...
...than all three alone.
The universe ofAmado was returning to the sea.
For the Arhuacos, it is here where everything is born...
...and where everything dies.
"Since you guys tookthe initiative...
...to participate more with those people...
...that are minorities.
It's because you guys are sensitive to those human groups.
Not just for us, but for all the world...
...that there is that change in attitude towards...
...the treatment of the natural world.
[ 6 Months later... San Juan, Puerto Rico ]
"We are a group of workers at the service of Calle 13.
We are making copies of a song for the cops...
...the ones that behave badly, like Residente Calle 13 says"
"These images are not taken from a Hollywood movie...
...these are actual events, occurring at the...
One afternoon, a policeman shot a defenseless man 4 times.
A family man.
It wasn't the first time that kind of thing has happened...
...on my island.
Six explosions were heard of which four reached as far as...
It was almost a routine.
Some months ago, three policemen killed Christopher...
...one of my best friends.
They beat him to death.
They handcuffed his arms and legs and beat him until...
...they killed him.
And I wasjust finishing experiencing some...
...of the most beautiful things in Latin America.
Here in Puerto Rico, a country where smoke screens...
...deception and turning a blind eye are unwanted guests.
One has to be direct and to the point.
One can't be soft spoken.
"I couldn't permit that...
...neither the people of Latin America...
...nor the United States or any other part of the world...
...would thinkthat all Puerto Ricans are the same...
...and that they are all indifferent."
"We are giving away the CD..."
"... It's like a message we're sending to the government..."
"Rapping is a place to let things out...
...it brings things out of you that can be personal...
...and at any second can transform you into...
...a spokesperson of a problem or a movement or whatever."
"I have the opportunity to be heard and I'm going to take...
...advantage of it, understand?
I'm going to take advantage and tell it how it is."
"It would be much easier if I would've taken a more...
...comedic route, a little lighter and everyone is happy...
...and lets go all happy, but, no."
I think that I went on this journey because I wanted...
...to have less doubts.
I wanted to be able to offer people answers.
"You want me to sing?"
"Yeah sing the song Atrevete."
"More."
"I'm already tired of singing that song."
I thinkthat, I came out of this trip with more questions.
The little map I was looking for had tripled...
Instead of seeing one solitary continent, I saw many...
...continents in one.
It's like being able to see all the individual cells...
...in a drop of blood.
Latin America looks prettier from afar...
But in order to see it one has to enter it...
...and to enter it one must be close.
I thinkthat each time, I feel closer to the countries...
To the towns...
To the people...
...to human beings.
After the trip, Calle 13 is invited to the Latin GrammyAwards of 2007.
Calle 13 invites the Arhuacos of the Sierra Nevada and...
...the Gaiteros of San Jacinto to accompany them to Las Vegas.
That night, Calle 13 united all the faces of Latin America...
...on one stage.
With a single song, they made an entire continent dance.
Without compasses, without borders, without agendas.
Without compasses, without borders, without agendas.