The Wall – MOTW3
Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers: we travel all over the world, we build families, we construct stories, we build life that cannot be divided. As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.
Gael García Bernal on February 27, 2017
I will build a great wall (and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively). I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.
Donald Trump on June 16, 2015
Facts about Trump’s wall
- Length: Border is 1,900 miles long, Trump says he’ll cover 1,000 miles with natural obstacles covering the rest.
- Cost: Trump says $10 to $12 billion. Could be higher – The Washington Post estimates $25 billion.
- Current fencing: 650 miles – cost $7 billion
- How will he charge Mexico? Raising tariffs, taxing remittances, increasing travel visa and border crossing fees
- Negative impacts: environment, private property rights & economy
- Effectiveness: Nearly half of all undocumented immigrants arrive by plane
In honour of his statement at the 2017 Oscars, here are some films starring or featuring Gael García Bernal:
- Amores perros (Love’s a Bitch) – a complex urban tale directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Birdman & The Revenant).
- Y tu mamá también – a road movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men & The Prisoner of Azkaban).
- Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) – a dramatisation of a road trip taken by Che Guevara as a young man directed by Walter Salles (Dark Water).
- La mala educación (Bad Education) – a tale about sexual abuse in the Franco era directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Los abrazos rotos, La piel que habito & Todo sobre mi madre).
I would also recommend “Walker”, a film directed by Alex Cox, for a satirical examination of the concept of manifest destiny.
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