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Yochi, a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize's pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course.
Yochi is a film about connection. Finding your voice. Protecting what is most sacred to you. Yochi puts a human face on the global poaching crisis. The film does not judge, but rather encourages dialogue about the underlying social and economic factors that fuel the illegal wildlife trade. The brother's conflict is reflective of larger conflicts at play in Belize -- between tradition and modernity, conservation and economic survival. But at the heart of this story is the healing power of two brothers' love.
Yochi, a US-Belizean co-production, was filmed in western Belize with a cast made up entirely of Belizean non-actors. The film is in four languages: Yucatec Mayan, Creole, English, and Spanish. Yochi has been subtitled in both English and Spanish.
-Ilana Lapid, Writer & Director