Colosio, the tragedy that shocked Mexico

Netflix bets on him to tell the story of the politician Luis Donaldo Colosio who promised the great change that everyone expected.

Colosio, the tragedy that shocked Mexico
History of a crime: Colosio is the beginning of a series of stories about murders in Latin America. Image: Netflix

The murder of Luis Donaldo Colosio in 1994 was one of the most disastrous events in the history of the country, since then the course of national policy changed completely leaving people confused and in pain. 25 years later, Netflix bets on him to tell the story of the politician who promised the great change that everyone expected.

This event was brought to the big screen in 2012 by the director Carlos Bolado in Colosio: the murder, and numerous books and journalistic texts have been written about it, however, the new series, which will be released a day before the mournful anniversary, offers a completely different version to be raised from the feminine look of the wife of Colosio, Diana Laura and being led by two women, Hiromi Kamata, and Natalia Beristáin.

"In a very respectful way, I ask that this not turn into a morbid turn, I ask that you take the event with an open mind, as it is, a series of fiction based on real events," requested the local deputy of Movimiento Ciudadano. in Nuevo León. As a tribute, Jorge A. Jiménez, Alberto Guerra, Ilse Salas, and Jorge Antonio Guerrero, will give life to the protagonists of the story, which in its adaptation for Netflix, is based on an arduous investigation.

"Everything that does not involve the emotion of the characters is documented, where we get into fiction is what these characters felt is something that no one can tell us," says Alberto Guerra. For Jorge A. Jiménez, representing Colosio, was a challenge since one of his biggest concerns was "not falling for imitation, copy or parody, I am against that and the commitment is to fill those shoes and be as faithful as possible, including what we do as actors, the imagination to create the character. "

Ilse Salas, who gives life to the candidate's wife, considers that "Diana Laura is a very strong woman, very brave and also with a career that aimed for a very good future, she was an economist and decided to pursue a political career with Luis Donaldo, but they were also colleagues, she had an incredible strength with a terminal illness since her second pregnancy that resisted even after the death of her husband and put in a tank of sharks who are politicians."

Salas, ensures that the series, in addition to paying tribute to Colosio and Riojas, is also "a reminder of a very violent year that Mexico lived, 1994 was a terrible year where you want to see it, there was a very dense political moment and for me, it is a watershed to understand the politics until our days "reason why the series is for her an invitation to reflect" How much has changed? ".

In such a way the relevance of the series, according to Jorge A. Jiménez, rests in that it is based on a real fact, the reason why from its point of view this one "comes to uncover the box of all this movement that has been wanted to maintain 25 years later, it is part of the history of Mexico, good or bad, we have to know in which country we are. "

That is why, despite being based on very strict research and even being supported by legal elements, the actors said they feel a little fear when approaching this type of topic. "If you were nervous about seeing Beltrones, the Salinas, Zedillo, Córdoba Montoya, all of a sudden we were all characterized and, of course, there were moments of nervousness, we asked the producers, 'Hey, do you know what they are? doing? Are not we going to get into serious problems? "Salas said and added that they" would not put anyone at risk "since it is not based on false theses.

The one who has been considered the villain of the story, Mario Aburto, the assassin of Colosio, is played by Jorge Antonio Guerrero, who recently participated in Rome, and explains that his career has focused on "narratives as a kind of marginalization", and he has tried not to take into account the feeling of society towards his character, to carry out a more genuine action.

"I think, if Mario had the money to pay for a lawyer who was careful about the whole process, it would probably be another story of his figure, but it was not like that, then suddenly I like to think about that," says Guerrero and adds that Aburto's gesture "is very familiar to me, it has traits that I have associated with my family."