Rome opened a conversation about the racism that has been denied in Mexico: Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón, the director of the film with ten nominations for the Oscar Awards, "Roma", can not say what is the reason for the success of the film, but he does know that he has opened the conversation about racism in Mexico, which has been denied for many years, he said in an interview to Noticias ONU.
Cuarón has seen that the film has had an emotional response throughout the world since topics such as "social class and ethnic baggage are the same all over the world," he explained in the journalistic exercise broadcast by the UN to the media.
In addition, the history of solidarity among women has also had a great impact, despite the fact that the Mexican says that after the "love" between the protagonist, Cleo, and the family she works for, there are hidden forms of abuse.
On the other hand, the film has become a platform for social movements of domestic workers, which Cuarón considers "very important".
Even so, he clarified that "it would be presumptuous to say that the film contributes, what is certain is that it is being used as a platform for associations that are getting things, like a pilot program to legislate their work situation".
Another element that the author highlighted in reference to the emotional impact was the "common experience of loneliness", since the film speaks of the existence of the human being as an experience of solitude that seeks company.
Regarding the presence of indigenous languages such as the Mixtec in the film, Cuarón said that it is a very important part of the identity of Mexicans and that it should be promoted and recovered in a real way, "not with that indigenous pride that Mexicans see as distant past but ignoring the population that still speaks their languages ".
For the filmmaker, attempts to "eradicate languages" have a lot to do with classism and racism, which are so deeply rooted in Mexican society and cause that, generation after generation, young people receive pressure so that their children do not speak their native languages before the possibility that they are not integrated into society.
In fact, in "Roma", the protagonist and her partner only speak Mixtec in private. In the family, the little boy often tells Cleo to stop "talking like that" and the girl, who sings a song in Mixtec, is finally belittled at home.
Cuarón is firm in his opinion regarding the need for the authorities to protect and stop undermining the indigenous peoples who, for many years now, have said: "we do not want integration, we want them to leave us alone".
Five years ago, Cuarón made film history as the first Hispanic director to achieve an Oscar for "Gravity" but now he has gone even further by becoming the first to be nominated for best foreign film and best film for "Roma".
And he has also achieved it with an absolutely personal project, shot in black and white, in Spanish and Mixtec, with mostly debutante performers and surrounding himself even from the furniture of his parents who sheltered his childhood.
If "Gravity" was a Hollywood-style story starring stars like Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, "Rome" is the opposite.
Cuarón has turned over in "Roma" the memories of his childhood in that neighbourhood of Mexico City, the Roma neighbourhood, with a lot of social, but above all, sentimental background.
Source: El Sol de Zacatecas