Children’s Game #9: Saltamontes

Salto Acha, Venezuela, 2011; 6:10 min
In collaboration with Benjamin Mast, Julien Devaux, and Félix Blume


Girls and boys, together for once, hunt through lush grass and undergrowth, on the lookout for well-camouflaged grasshoppers. When one is found its hind legs are pulled off, though not its wings. Each child hurls his or her grasshopper up into the air, where it flutters against the sky above the upturned faces of the skipping, wheeling children. Unable to fly far, it will soon free-fall and be captured again. The winner is the player whose grasshopper stays the longest in the air.

Lorna Scott Fox

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