A Revealing Story
by stroj 1 on November 17, 2013 - 11:41pm
Recently I watched the motion picture Even the Rain (Bollain, 2010) and found it to be a very revealing story. The film shows the unfair treatment of individuals due to racial divisions as well as the consequences of being in a foreign land during unstable times. The movie focuses on a film crew from Spain that goes to Bolivia to shoot a movie about Christopher Columbus’s exploration and his interactions with the Indians at the time. In other words it is a movie about people making a movie, while also showing their struggles during filming as well as the lives of the Bolivian people.
I was able to see the director’s goal to show the issues that the people of Bolivia face. One thing I saw that I thought was worth noting was fact that the people of Bolivia were fighting for their rights as the Indians of Christopher Columbus’s time were being stripped of their rights. I saw this as ironic because the Bolivian people were picked by the Spanish film crew to play the Indians in their movie about Columbus. I thought that Iciar Bollain might have wanted to show this similarity in order to get the message across that these problems still occur in modern times, 500 years later. This goes along with the unfair treatment of the Bolivian cast by the Spanish crew due to racial divisions. In one scene of the film the producer named Costa says that the actors (Bolivian people) would be happy with being paid 2$ a day. This shows how the Spanish look down on the Bolivians and view them as poor and not worthy of being paid very much. I think that this treatment is due to the film crew being in a country that they viewed as a cheaper and also due to racial and cultural divisions.
Another thing that I think the director of Even the Rain wanted to show through the film was the consequences of being in a foreign land during riots and uprisings. One of the main actors in the Columbus movie named Daniel, who is a local and a leader of protests against the governments plans to privatize the water supply, causes issues for the film crew. Since they need him for the movie, they do not want him to get in any trouble and they ask him to not participate in protests until the movie is done. However, Daniel does not abide to their request. This is an example of the consequences that the film crew faces for going to this country during unstable times. I also think that the director showed this as a main part of the film because he wanted to reveal how strongly the people in the Cochabamba area of Bolivia care about their rights to water and wells on their property. I think he wanted to have his audience view how the one country does not understand the passion that another country has for its values. The ending scenes show some of the extremes of protest. The violence in Cochabamba makes it impossible for the film crew to finish the film about Columbus and forces them to leave. This definitely reveals why people from other countries should not cross boarders during unstable times. They should not have been there at a time when problems occurring did not involve them.
To end, this film was very interesting and something that I really enjoyed. It showed me different perspectives and also helped me learn about a culture in another country and the effects of crossing geographical boarders as well as racial differences.
Bollain, I. (Director). (2010). Even the Rain [Motion Picture]. Bolivia: Morena Films