This coming Friday, Oct. 14, the Williams Lake Film Club will show its next film, Even the Rain.
Again it will be shown at the Gibraltar Room, Cariboo Memorial Complex, at 7 p.m., back doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Some specs for the film are as follows: Country: Spain/Mexico/France; language: Spanish/Quechua/English – with English subtitles; released in in North-America in 2011; drama/history; PG13, 103 minutes.
Even The Rain deals with two controversial subjects, the availability of clean drinking water as a right and the exploitation of indigenous people.
At the beginning of the film, the crew arrives in Cochabamba in Bolivia to make a film about Christopher Columbus invading the Americas.
Columbus wanted to find treasures for his country and bring Christianity to other countries, the producer of the film wants to use cheap labour for the making of his film.
In Cochabamba said producer can hire local Indians for $2 a day as actors and can use them for manual labour at the same time.
This saves great amounts in tractor and other equipment rentals.
Hundreds of locals from this poor district apply.
One of them is Daniel, a great character who protests when the auditions are cut short.
He ends up being cast in an important role when it is being discovered that he also is a leader in a local revolt against the privatization of local water resources.
A California company has bought land rights and plans to charge the Indians for water from their own wells, hence the title.
This actually happened in 2000 and we see documentary clips from that time.
A new law had come into effect allowing the Government working with San Francisco based Bechtel Corporation to invest in a long envisioned dam.
This would raise water rates dramatically. Tens of thousands marched through downtown Cochabamba until the Government reached an agreement to reverse privatization.
“The truth has many enemies, the lie has many friends.”
This line should stay with you throughout this complex and powerful film.
Thank you for your support of the Williams Lake Film Club, which also makes you a supporter of the LDA, the Williams Lake Chapter of the Association for Students with Learning Problems.
We are working on expanding this program as there are many more students with needs in our City. We are so looking forward to see you Friday!
Tickets are available at the door and are $10 regular admission, $8 for Film Club members, and $6 for seniors (65+) and students, High School and TRU.
Memberships are available at the door as well and are $10 for the year.
Construction on the parking lots around the Complex has been finished, which makes access so much easier.