FLMTQ: The resonance of your film led to a salient revision in current Paraguayan health services, when the Department of Social Services in Asunción outlined a guide on how to care for seniors for the first time. How much of your experience with your mother's care was political— insofar as it was the result of a broken system? Can you reflect on the difference between the respective health services in Paraguay and where you currently reside, in Switzerland?
AU: We tend to forget that our individual reality is the result of a system. We tend to think that "we have our lives in our hands." The thought that we can become whatever we want, that it only depends on us, is increasingly widespread.
It is a strange thought. In reality, there are very few things that are in our hands. The meritocracy is causing great frustration and extreme individualism, a great isolation. My mother and I are just an example of how social-political realities can shape our lives.
FLMTQ: Can you discuss any new projects in the works?
AU: Yes, I am working on an essay on identity and the sense of belonging. It sounds abstract but in practice it is very concrete. Living inside what is now known as Paraguayan territory, the Ayoreo, like most indigenous groups in the world, have lost their territory and fundamental elements that form their culture. However there is something that resists. I'm interested in that which resists despite the imminence of an absolutely homogenized world. It's called: I Left Without A Closer Look and it's in pre-production.