When a Spanish film crew travels to Bolivia to shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, it suddenly becomes embroiled in a massive local uprising against the privatization of the city’s water supply. This Bolivian ‘water war’ is a dramatic example of local opposition to Washington Consensus policies of privatization in the developing world.
También la Lluvia / Even the Rain (Icíar Bollaín, 2010) examines this important event from an original and thought-provoking perspective. By simultaneously telling a story about the colonial past and its legacy in the present, the film intelligently exposes the historical continuity of indigenous resistance against exploitation by external actors.
Introduction: Roel van Engelen (UvA, Political Science).