Living in a Perfect World

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Living in a Perfect World
Directed by Diego D'Innocenzo, Marco Leopardi
Produced by L'Immagine sas (Rome, Italy)
Written by Roberta Cortella
Music by Roberto Gori, Edoardo Bignozzi
Distributed by National Geographic Channel International (Washington, USA)
Release date(s) 2006
Running time 1 h 10 mn
Country Mexico, Italy, United States
Language English, Spanish, Plautdietsch

Living in a Perfect World is a 2006 feature-length documentary film by National Geographic Channel International (NGCI) about the Russian Mennonite people between Chihuahua Desert and the Bolivian forest.

The dialogue in the documentary is in Spanish and Plautdietsch with English and other subtitles.

Living in a Perfect World was awarded as Best Documentary of the BigScreen Festival in 2007.[1]


The documentary tells the stories of four Mennonites (Aganetha, Cornelio, Pedro and Jacobo) living in two different communities. The colonies of El Savinal (El Sabinal) and El Capulin are settled in the Mexican state of Chihuahua and look like typical German farming communities of the 19th Century. They were founded by Russian Mennonite Europeans, whose long history of migration took them from Russia to Canada and from there to Mexico—in search of a place where they can freely practice their religion and speak their ancient Plautdietsch language within their large families. The four protagonists are longing for their perfect world in balance between tradition and modernity: The colony of El Savinal lives in isolation and rejects any modern technology, whereas the colony of El Capulin begins to accept innovations such as electricity and cars. The more orthodox members of the community will migrate to the Bolivian rainforest.

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