Analysis Of The Spanish Film Even The Rain

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The 2011 Spanish film, Even the Rain, attempts to tell the story of Columbus’s explorations of Latin America as well as parallel those events with the water crisis that Bolivia has faced due to the privatization of water. While the film remained relatively historically accurate on the pretense of Columbus, it became glaringly obvious that the amount of effort that went into being historically accurate on the Bolivian front was dramatically less. Furthermore, the film uses the water war of Cochabamba to further the plot of the movie while disregarding the majority of the facts regarding the real water crisis that occurred. Additionally, the neglection of these details provides the heavy implications that the indigenous peoples of Bolivia are still being taken advantage of to further the gains of Europeans. The film details the events of a director, Sebastian, a producer, Costa, and a villager turned actor who spoke out against unfair treatment of other indigenous peoples while filming a reenactment of Columbus’s exploration. Daniel, the indigenous villager, becomes a martyr for the cause of deprivatizing the water systems in Bolivia, with a focus on Cochabamba during the filming. Because of…show more content…
Historical inaccuracies occurred in many forms, two of which are Daniel’s role in the water related protests and the police brutality that supposedly occurred. Historically, there was no poor indigenous villager that became revolutionary; there was an activist that spoke out against the wrongdoings of the government. There was no overwhelming display of police brutality; there was a backlash from the government after violent protesters began rioting. These gross exaggerations and inaccuracies serve to prove that Europeans are continuing to exploit Latin American culture for their own

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