One's hat can be read as easily as a book. 

Our project is about the literacy of these encoded messages through the documentary medium.

"Identities of the Peruvian hat" is a feature film that deciphers the vernacular of Peru's living hat cultures. One’s hat speaks volumes about personal history, homeland, family and status.

Wool and straw- the two principle raw materials of the Andes are transformed in communities from Puno to Cajamarca with incredible artistry. This story is one of rituals, legends, rites of passage and conflicts that only a hat can transmit and only a documentary can convey.

Join us in this discovery.

San Francisco Latino Film Festival

October 1-17 viewable online

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Portland Film Festival

October 6- November 8
viewable online

October 16th 1:10pm @
the Violet Crown Theater


Hats are calling to us from all corners of Peru, and we have been filming them one by one. Each hat represents a culture, an identity, a myth...

Click on a hat to learn its story