Friday, August 24, 2012

Even the Rain - Icíar Bollaín - superb and poignant.

Yeah, after 500 years, nothing much has changed.

In her astonishingly good film EVEN THE RAIN, Spanish film director Icíar Bollaín brings together a stunning cast including Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar and Karra Elejalde to show how NOTHING MUCH CHANGED once the evil Christopher Columbus had had his evil way with the people of Las Americas in 1511.





The contemporary setting for the documentary about Christopher Columbus's (and eventually Cortez's) DECIMATION of the indigenous peoples he found on the NE coast of what became South America is BOLIVIA, namely Cochabamba scene of the actual water-privatisation riots in 2000.

You live and die in mortal sin for the cruelty and tyranny done against these innocent peoples. With what right and by which justice do you hold these people in such horrible servitude? By what authority do you carry out such detestable wars against the people of these lands – people so meek and peaceful?…Are these not human beings? Do they not have rational souls? Are you not obliged to love them as yourselves? Do you not understand this? Do you not feel this? How can you be in such a profound and lethargic slumber? [source Antonio de Montesinos, Hispaniola, 1511]

It's a film full of irony and the power of corruption where Profit is King, you slaves.

Why don't you get this - PROFIT IS KING.

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