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Interview with Rodrigo Pla Part II

-We see that the inspector tries to help , to offer solutions , but he is lead to provide what this society demands. Even though he is a man with honor the system fails him..
- This cop is indeed a special case. When he arrives for the first time he really wants to help , but they try to bribe him, they fear him . He is proud, he may not have what they have, but he is really proud of his work. The members of this society though do not see it like that. They only see "police" so they try to pay him off to make him leave and he reacts, he is not a guy who can be bought " You cannot bribe me ".

-Your movie is a symbolic one? Does it carry some characteristics from your home? Is something similar happening in Mexico?
- Yes , in Mexico , in Brazil , in Argentina. Yes , they have walls not only between country boarders , but also in between neighborhoods. They are afraid of violence so they live near streets , creating small societies , building walls ..

-We observe people living there inside walls only pretending to be happy but in reality to live in fear , pretending to be safe but having guns in their houses.
-Even with walls this society is supposed to offer safety , but people do not feel like it , they live in fear of something happening that will threaten the things they have gained , and that is why everybody has a gun.

-Another aspect of safety nowadays , as also seen in your movie , is having cameras in the city , in the streets watching everybody everywhere. What do you believe ?
- Everybody reaches a point to spy on everybody. They loose their privacy , they think with walls , cameras and guns they will have a better life. The latter , however , cannot be achieved by means like walls and cameras..

- You movie has been awarded in festivals in Toronto , Venice and Athens. What were your expectations when you were filming it ?
- It will be screened in Mexico , and I am really anxious to see the reactions. I did not know , I just wanted my movie to be screened , people to have the chance to see it everywhere. I was not even sure if I would manage to complete it , it is very difficult you know making movies ...

- What difficulties did you have to cope with during filming ?
- Mainly to find the appropriate place for the shootings. I did not have a lot of money , had to spend too much time to convince the locals . They were not really ok with this. We had to shoot during vacations that most of them were away ..

-Your first movie was a powerful one with social messages. Do you consider yourself as such type of director , that does not just shoot movies but also has actually something to say?
- Well , I do not know .. I am now finishing another movie called " The desert within" that talks about religion. I do not want to make the same movie , I want to talk about different subjects , giving weight on the quality . This is what I want to do , pictures about different subjects , ideas aspects. Like having a conversation with myself about something ...


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