Different Times, Same Result
by bszab1 on November 18, 2013 - 11:32pm
An analysis of Even the Rain reveals the intricate differences between traditional human rights and modern human rights and it also reveals the underlying theme of class distinction. Icíar Boliaín, the director of Even the Rain, portrays two scenes that compares traditional human rights with modern human rights. Even the Rain took place in Bolivia when an unexpected water crisis broke out in the year 2000 and over 2000 people protested on their behalf for the lack of availability of water. This uproar affected a vast majority of the population and the main character Daniel, lead the protest in Cochabamba but was also the leading character in the film that was being produced about Christopher Columbus’s downfall.
Icíar Boliaín shows traditional human rights when Sebastián, the director of the Christopher Columbus movie that was being made, found Daniel to play Atuey, the lead character in the film about Christopher Columbus. In the movie about Christopher Columbus, it showed how he arrived in Latin America and the conditions he put Indians through. Columbus had an obsession with gold, and he used slaves to collect it. Each Indian was put in line and was told that they needed to fill bells with gold. If they were not filled to a certain amount then they were punished. Anyone over the 14 was forced to comply and partake in the collection of gold. Those who did not obey his request, were tied up and eventually burned on a cross. Columbus exploited the Indians and showed them no self-respect. Anyone would see that human rights have changed because slavery was eventually abolished. Columbus was one of the first people to discover America, so no rules were set in place, especially basic human rights. He had power, weapons, and greater number of people so he was able to take advantage of the Indians.
On the other hand, the people in Cochabamba had more human rights than the Indians did but not as much as they should have. There has always been an issue of human rights in Bolivia but the issues just recently came into the spot light what the Bolivian Water War came about in April of 2000. Daniel led the protests of the citizens when they were fighting for their right to be able to afford water. The water crisis came about because the government decided to privatize the city’s water supply and sell it to an American corporation. The American company increased the price in water where the lower class (the majority of the population) was not able to afford it. In the middle of the movie, Daniel’s family and friends, pooled all their money together so they could buy a well that was just on the other side of the mountains. When they were in the process of digging a ditch for a pipe to run from the well to their home, the police stop by to see what they were doing. The men ended up breaking the police’s window and chasing them away from their property. Then a couple days later while the men were gone working on the film and the women were left home with the children, the police came back and took over their well. The women couldn’t do much about it because they had their children with them and naturally women do not have as much power/ strength over men. Even though Daniel’s family and friends bought the well with their own hard earned money, the government still was able to take it away from them just because they could. Citizens didn’t have a lot of human rights or rights to their property either and this scene exhibits that very well.
In this film it also shows class distinction between the people of Cochabamba and the government. This is shown during a scene when the people that were making the film about Christopher Columbus were invited to the governor’s how for dinner and the governor makes a statement saying, “ If we give one inch, these Indians will bring us back to the Stone Age”. This was a very ignorant thing for him to say because it basically is saying on how he wants to stay in power and make sure that the lower class stays without power or rights.
The film Even the Rain exposes complex differences between traditional human rights and modern human rights and it also revealed the underlying theme of class distinction. There were some similarities between the movie that was being produced within the film and the actual film that was produced. Even though those events happened to be drastically apart, it shows that there hasn’t been much advanced in human rights and it is something that takes a very long time to develop.
Bollaín, I. (Director). Juan Gordon, Pilar Benito, Eric Altmayer, Monica Lozano Serrano, & Emma Lustres (Producers). (2010). Even the Rain [DVD]. Spain: Vitagraph Films.