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Obsessive idealist Sebastián has sworn to direct a film about one of the world s most iconic figures, Christopher Columbus. He is determined to overturn the myth of the arrival of Western Civilization in the Americas as a force for good. His film will show what Columbus set in motion: the obsession with gold, the taking of slaves, and the terrible violence visited on those Indians who fought back.
The brilliant actor playing Columbus constantly challenges the director, accusing him of hypocrisy and cheap manipulation. Costa, Sebastián s friend and producer, doesn t give a damn. All that matters is that the film comes in on time and within budget. Costa decided they will shoot in Bolivia, the cheapest, most Indian of Latin American countries.
While the shoot progresses in and around the city of Cochabamba, civil and political unrest simmer, as the entire water supply of the city is privatized and sold to a British/American multinational. Violence increases daily until the entire city explodes in the now infamous Bolivian Water War - a war which actually took place in April 2000. 500 years after Columbus, sticks and stones once again confront the high-tech weaponry of a modern army. David against Goliath. Only this time the fight is not over gold, but the simplest of life-giving elements - water.
Awards and Accreditations:
Berlin International Film Festival, Panorama Audience Award 2011
Gael Garcia Bernal plays film director Sebastian, intent on completing his opus about the arrival of Christopher Columbus in South America. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Moira
Wonderful film, extremely intelligent and thought-provoking. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Esme Garlake
Outstanding film making. Excellent acting throughout the cast, script is brilliant and the director is great. The plot has been written about already. Read morePublished 6 months ago by GetGar
This is a fabulous and educational film. Couldn't believe that there are corporations and people out there so greedy and wicked that they think they own the rain? Disgusting! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karen Croan
A little slow to get into but tells the story of the water riots in Bolivia through the characters involved in making a film. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Miss T Fied