Latin American and Spanish film festival: Tambien La Lluvia

  • 1/29/2013 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Movie/Film

Latin American and Spanish film festival: Tambien La LluviaJoin us for the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival, celebrate the culture and the language, and expand your understanding of world cinema!

The film festival continues on the second night with a film-within-a-film about Columbus, the subjugation of  Bolivian indigenous people, and a modern-day water crisis that threatens them. Presented by Elizabeth Shesko, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Latin American Studies.

Filmmaker Sebastian (Gael Garca Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia to make a film about Columbus's voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt and the local man cast as a rebellious sixteenth century Taino chief becomes a leader in the protests.

This film-within-a-film intercuts footage from Sebastian's film with recordings of actual demonstrations that occurred during the "Water Wars" in 2000, when the Bolivian government privatized the water company. Anchored in the philosophies of historian Howard Zinn, as well as the stories of 16th century priests Fathers Bartolome de las Casas and Antonio Montesinos, EVEN THE RAIN blurs the lines between past and present, fiction and reality.

The script by long-time Ken Loach collaborator Paul Laverty and stellar performances from Luis Tosar, Gael Garca Bernal, Carlos Adurivi and Karra Elejalde propelled EVEN THE RAIN to become Spain's submission for the 2011 Academy Awards.

(Iciar Bollain, 104 minutes, Drama, 2010, Spanish with English subtitles)

Sponsored by a grant from the Spanish Film Club, the Blythe Bickel Edwards fund, Latin American Studies Program, Bowdoin Film Society, Department of Romance Languages, Latin American Student Organization, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Department of Music.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States' Universities.