Even the Rain (También la lluvia) Film Discussion (07/21/20)

July 7th, 2020 in Event Announcements

In collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies at Boston University, we are hosting on Tuesday, July 21 at 4 PM (EST) a Zoom discussion on Even the Rain (Spanish: También la lluvia), a 2010 Spanish movie directed by Icíar Bollaín. The plot of the movie centers on Mexican director Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and executive producer Costa (Luis Tosar) who travel to Bolivia in the year 2000 to make a film about Christopher Columbus. By coincidence they arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia amidst demonstrations against water privatization that the Bolivian government has acquiesced to.  Sebastián gives the lead role of the film to native actor Daniel (Juan Carlos Aduviri), who is meanwhile leading the demonstrations.

The film within Bollaín’s movie depicts the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World, the subjection of native people, and the indigenous rebellion, making it relevant to todays’ discussions around the figure of Columbus and how the story of the conquest of the American continent is told. The film about Columbus is itself an exploitative enterprise: Costa shoots the film in Bolivia to take advantage of cheap labor and save money on production costs. The events, set 500 years apart, illuminate the imperial project from the perspective of the exploited.

The discussion will be led by Adela Pineda, Professor of Spanish and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies.

How It Works

  1. Sign up for the discussion below.
  2. Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom link and password for the live discussion.
  3. If you register with a bu.edu email address, you will receive further instructions how to watch the film online for free. Otherwise, you may watch it via Netflix or other streaming platform.
  4. Watch the film any time before July 21.
  5. On Tuesday, July 21, at 4 PM, join Prof. Adela Pineda, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, and colleagues for a live discussion via Zoom.
  6. You’re very much invited to ask questions, post reading recommendations, etc.