Even the Rain-Powerful Film about the Continuing Exploitation of Indigenous People and Resources

Even the Rain (También la lluvia) is a 2010 Spanish film about a filmmaker who travels to Bolivia to shoot a film about Christopher Columbus. He and his crew arrive during the tense time of the 2000 Cochabamba water crisis, when hundreds of thousands of poor Bolivians protested the industrial privatization and commodification of the water. The film interweaves the story of the landing and invasion by Columbus in the 16th century, with its egregious violations of human rights and violence visited upon the native population, with the 20th century privatization of natural resources of the indigenous poor. The title refers to a dramatic scene in which some corporate functionaries put a padlock on a rain catchment tank, while the locals protest vehemently. Their protest actions resulted ultimately in the water rights reverting to the people. Intercutting footage of the Columbus film with documentary recordings of the actual protests, one can appreciate the parallels between the exploitation of the past and the continued exploitation of Latin America by rich countries and multinational corporations. I love this film because, like Biutiful (also Spanish), it shows the connection between the personal lives of contemporary people and the political/economic context of globalization and exploitation – what Canadian journalist Naomic Klein has called The Shock Doctrine.

See the movie clip on YouTube

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