A film about Christopher Columbus is being shot in Cochabamba, Bolivia. This location was selected because the director and producer can hire many local people as extras for a small daily salary. The film is based upon the early explorations of Columbus and how the Spaniards treated the Indians. The project starts off on the wrong foot when an open casting is called and a very long line of people have been waiting for hours to be seen about roles. They are told that only a few people can be seen but there is nearly a riot when this is announced. Matters become more problematic when the people begin protesting against the government over privatization of the water supply. The people feel that water is life, they are paying too much for water and water is being shut off.
A lot of tension among the local people and the film people plus the added violence of the riots. It doesn’t help at all that the theme of the movie is about the inhuman treatment of the indigenous people! You really wonder how this is going to turn out? Definably a lot of drama!! 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
103 min, Drama directed by Lciar Bollain with Luis Tosar, Gael Garcia Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elejalde, Carlos Santos, Raul Arevalo.
Note: Blockbuster 3 ½*, imdb 7.2, 88% critic 83% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.