Sebastián is an idealistic young film director. He has decided to make an honest film about one of the most significant figures in world history ? Christopher Columbus. Sebastián is determined to expose the myth that glorifies the advent of civilisation in the western hemisphere. He intends to highlight all the pernicious things that Columbus introduced, such as greed for gold, slavery, and horrific violence against the indigenous peoples who sought to resist the newcomers. But there is burgeoning social unrest during the shoot in Cochabamba because the water supply has been privatised and sold to an Anglo-American company. The daily militant acts of protest intensify and, in April 2000, turn into the Cochabamba Water Wars. Five hundred years after Columbus, the indigenous peoples once again find themselves embroiled in a violent confrontation with a well-equipped modern army. Only this time, its not about gold, but about a human right: free access to clean water.
Panorama Audience Award (Berlin IFF, 2011) Bridging the borders Award (Palmsprings IFF, 2011) Silver Ariel for Best Latin American Film (Ariel Awards Mexico, 2011)