At its strongest in the earlier sections, where the film very effectively shows the negotiations that are made with history by the exigencies of filmmaking in a dog-eat-dog commercial industry, an industry which often only pays lip service to notions of artistic integrity. When the emphasis switches to a plain humanist slant later in the film, it comes across as formulaic and safe.
This is a complicated film because of what it implies. It brings the question of The Conquest to the forefront again, and while the film is enjoyable and very well made, one cannot help but wonder about how the issues presented in the film transcend it. Being very real issues, that continue to affect Latin American society, at times it felt superficial and made me wonder how this film's production treated the extras.
An attempt at metaphor of a film director tying to tell the tale of Columbus and his conquest/exploitation of the Indians for their gold. It has it's heart in the right place but fails on quite a few levels; poor acting in places and bad character choices, the doco crew as well felt a bit Naff. Tackling the issue of multinationals stealing water and the exploitation of workers should be highly commended. 3 stars.
Dynamic portrait of real life "water war" in Bolivia in 2000 as foreign corporations privatized water control. Deftly juxtaposes a film crew's retelling of the Christopher Columbus story with modern conflict until the the film, the film's creation, and real life are nearly indistinguishable. Fluid storytelling is the order of the day here. A bit obtuse in some characterization but mostly solid filmmaking.
a movie about two invasions - columbus' invasion of the new world and the multinational's invasion of the less developed country both in the search for treasure and with a complete disregard of the indigenous people's living there. luckily there is no moralizing from the enlightened and shocked west that is often the case with movies with similar topics making it a really solid endeavour.
8th viewing -- personal, teaching and invited lecture. Still powerful and engaging mutlimodal narrative that leaves me thinking about the (re)production of history and relationships of power/exploitation.
The interplay of layers was very impressive and thought-provoking, but it lost itself in its ending. A stronger film would have had Costa leave the mother in the chaos, the thesis of indigenous people abused by outside influences coming to its logical summation. It could have been devastating, but settled for easy humanism. But other than that, it was a very powerful, thoughtful film.