Beautiful short film: The Last Ice Merchant

Baltazar Ushca, of Ecuador, is the last man making a living from trekking up Mt. Chimorazo, chipping ice from the mountain’s face, and then loading the straw-wrapped ice chunks on donkeys for the long trip down to nearby village markets. With the wider availability of cheap manufactured ice, he has fewer and fewer customers. Still, even though he’s in his late 60s, he works on. 

Dirtector Sandy Patch’s short film beautifully tells Ushca’s story.  

The Last Ice Merchant (El Último Hielero) from Sandy Patch on Vimeo.


Via Kottke, of course.