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The fight for water on film

The film “Even the Rain” by Spanish director Iciar Bollaín is being shown at a special preview in London.

In the Bolivia’s Water War of 2000, the natives of the country’s third largest city, Cochabamba, fought against the government and the multinational corporation Bechtel to stop the privatization of the region’s water supply.

Bechtel was attempting to seize control of one of the planet’s most precious resources, water, which the locals had been using for their own supply.

Once the multinational assumed ownership of the water supply the rates charged to consumers became so high that some of the locals could not afford to pay for it.

Consequently, riots erupted, demanding for the use of water to be considered as a commodity of prime necessity and not as a means of profit-making by the multinational and the government.

The Spanish director Iciar Bollaín allows us to relive the days of the water wars through his film “Even the Rain” (“Y también la lluvia”) which includes local actors.

The feature-length film, which will be screened in London in a special preview, tells the story of how both a film crew, who arrive in Bolivia to shoot a film about the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America, and local extras participating in the film, become involved in the Water War.

The film stars Luis Tósar, Gael Garcia Bernal and Karra Elejalde and won the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Bolivar Hall (54 Grafton Way) will screen the film on the 16th May at 7.30pm. The event has been organized by the Bolivia Information Forum.

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(Translated by: Coleen Tumilty – E-mail:

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