This is the only movie of which I’m aware that shows a female shaman guiding a young male in his perceptions. That alone sets it apart. The Tao Te Ching says, "A shaman has mastered Nature; not in the sense of conquering it, but of becoming it." Her gentleness, strength and knowledge is the same as Merlin’s in Sword in the Stone or Miyagi in the Karate Kid, but we’re not in a fantasy medieval world or in California. We’re in real post-war New Mexico.
Based on Rudolfo Anaya's award-winning and banned novel (in Az.) of the same name. The book was required reading for my sons in high school. Carl Franklin both directed and wrote the screenplay. The cast, led by Miriam Colon (Ultima) and newcomer Luke Ganalon (Antonio) take us on an unforgettable journey.