A Spanish film crew arrives in Bolivia to dish the dirt on Christopher Columbus and his exploitation of native Indian populations during his journeys to the New World. The director,
A Spanish film crew arrives in Bolivia to dish the dirt on Christopher Columbus and his exploitation of native Indian populations during his journeys to the New World. The director, Sebastian, dreams of making an epic that will expose the imperialist sins of his ancestors. But while they are preparing their shoot, they are suddenly confronted by contemporary South American politics.
A multinational corporation plans to privatize the city’s water supply, and several locals participating in the filming get involved in increasingly violent demonstrations against the corporate intruders. (The story is set against the real-life water wars in Bolivia in 2000.) At first the filmmakers try to ignore the turmoil, but eventually their project is threatened by the growing unrest.
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
Genre: Drama (historical/social)
Length: 104 min
Director: Icíar Bollaín
Written By: Paul Laverty
Cast: Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elejalde, Raúl Arévalo, Carlos Santos, Cassandra Ciangherotti
Also Known As: También la lluvia
This screening is part of the Latin America & Spain Film Festival (LASFF) which will be held at the Māoriland Hub from September 7th-16th.
The festival is a celebration of contemporary cinema from 11 nations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Uruguay.
The selection includes feature films and documentaries giving the audience a chance to immerse themselves in the languages and social aspects of Latin American and Spanish cultures.
It’s the first time the LASFF has been hosted on the Kapiti Coast as it tours New Zealand.