Even the Rain
Director
Icíar Bollaín
Writer
Paul Laverty
Actors
Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Raúl Arévalo, Najwa Nimri, Karra Elejalde, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Raúl Arévalo, Juan Carlos Aduviri
Runtime
1 h 44 min
Release Date
16 September 2010
Genres
Drama, History
Overview
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
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EVEN THE RAIN

On Columbus Day 2017, scratch that, on Indigenous People’s Day, watched on the news as Native Americans were getting arrested for a pipeline/sacred grave protest, 28 arrested. In their honor, I watched this superb serious Spanish drama about the realization of past and current atrocities.

even the rain protest film

Daniel (Juan Carlos Aduviri) as the Taíno chief Hatuey

This fictional film is about a film crew in Cochabamba, Bolivia in the year 2000, making a movie about Columbus’ discovery of the New World.  The film is written as a truthful reenactment of Columbus during his time in the New World.  The truthful presentation included Columbus’ enslavement of the indigenous population for his benefit, taxing the indigenous people for their gold, burning protesters alive, and includes the “first voice of conscience against the empire,” the one priest who protests – guess what happens to the priest.

Simultaneously, during the making of the movie, the Cochabamba Water Co. illegally takes over the resident’s water well – the well the Indians dug and were living on – which begins a violent protest throughout the city.  The local Daniel (Juan Carlos Aduviri) playing the role of Hatuey, the Taíno chief who led a rebellion against Columbus leads the real protest against the Cochabamba Water Co.

Concurrently, the film crew is finally understanding the horrors of Columbus, and simultaneously realizing that they are also exploiting the Indian extras by paying them very little and making them do physical labor in constructing the sets. The actors in the movie begin to have a hard time when confronted with the reality of Columbus, they refuse to even reenact some of the horrific scenes.

The only actor I was familiar with was Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá Tambien, Mozart in the Jungle) who was in the role as Sebastián, the film director.  Even the Rain is a fine protest film and also a historical dramatization film with a lot emotion, anger and enlightenment.  This fine protest film could become an Indigenous People’s Day tradition.

 

 

 

 

The Biggest Spoiler: The Ending
The violent protest erupts in the city against the Cochabamba Water Co. During the riots Belén (Milena Soliz), Daniel’s daughter and Panuca in the movie, goes missing. The film’s executive producer Costa (Luis Tosar) goes looking for her and saves Belén.  Meanwhile the rest of the film crew flees the city, movie production is over.  In the final scene, Daniel emotionally presents Costa with a vial of Bolivian water in appreciation for saving his daughter’s life and everyone hopes Even the Rain the protest movie will be finished.  

 

Daniel says, “They sell our rivers against our will.
They sell our wells, our lakes…
and even the rain
that falls on our heads!

 

 

Even the Rain is a fine protest film!

 

 

 

Movie Details

Director
Icíar Bollaín
Writer
Paul Laverty
Actors
Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Raúl Arévalo, Najwa Nimri, Karra Elejalde, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Raúl Arévalo, Juan Carlos Aduviri
Runtime
1 h 44 min
Release Date
16 September 2010
Genres
Drama, History
Overview
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

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