Wednesday, April 7, 2010

BOLIVIA- From Argentina

Hello again,

After Passover I'm ready to write again.

Bolivia by Adrian Caetano
Argentina, 1hr. 15 min.

The plight of the immigrant is universal. In this movie set up in "a parrilla" in Buenos Aires we encounter Freddy, a Bolivian who had left his family behind to try his luck in Argentina.

He finds a job in a restaurant cooking "parrillada", an assortment of meats, including the famous Argentinian "chorizo sandwich."

The movie takes place in 2001, the year of a major financial crisis in Argentina. There are many unemployed; some people feel threatened about immigrants taking their jobs. Does it sound familiar?

For many years Bolivians, Paraguayans and Peruvians had come to Argentina to escape poverty in their homelands. Their struggle to make ends meet and send money home it is not an easy one.

Because of financial constraints, Adrian Caetano had to film this movie in three day intervals over a three year period.

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