A blend of fantasy, mystery, and romance, The Longest Sun is a quest story that follows Than Pi, a young Tewa boy who sets out on a mythical journey to stop the sun from setting. Derived from a traditional origin story regarding the creation of the sun and the moon, Than Pi’s mission stems from a desire to stop time itself in order to prevent his loved one, Than Povi, from leaving the pueblo.
Narrated by an elderly man on his deathbed, the film straddles two distinct timelines (the present vs. the past), gradually interweaving the two. As the sun races toward the horizon, Than Pi (and the elder storyteller himself) must either come to terms with the consequences of time or defeat it entirely.
As the first film told entirely in the Tewa language, The Longest Sun is the culmination of nearly three years of collaboration with the San Juan, San Idelfonso, Santa Clara, Nambe, and Pojoaque pueblo communities and local governments. From conception to translation, the filmmaker and various Tewa community leaders worked together to document and preserve the oral traditions and language of the Tewa people through the medium of film.
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