Looking back, good luck Guatemala.
This entry is rather late, but not unintentionally.
The feature film production of “Los Nadie”, written by Cristian Beltran, has cancelled all progress forward. It is a truly sad thing for myself and Cristian who have worked very hard to bring the initial efforts as far along as we did under the circumstances. The fact of the matter is that in Peten, Guatemala it is not safe.
Several events transpired to lead us to the decision to pull the plug on the entire production. The team has been informed and understand our decision.
The situation in northern Guatemala is an imaginable one, it s actually quite familiar to the world. Drug cartels have swarmed into the low populated lands to take advantage of minimal surveillance and ultimately set up base there. The people are caught in the middle of this and the government of Guatemala does nothing. I will not criticize more than that, I have no real facts to point fingers, but only repetitive first hand accounts from the local people.
Guatemala is not a democracy right now, but no one knows this. It is what I like to call a mock democracy, using all the nice flashy banners of the system, but ignoring its fundamental core – its people. Like many Latin countries, a residue of Spanish Colonialist Religious brainwashing has left a huge portion of people impotent to the true power they hold. Without the understanding of that power, they have none, and the gutless, heartless governments that claim to work for them, use them almost like they did 400 years ago.
It is unacceptable, and I hope that people who travel to Guatemala manage to see past the pathetically laid out tourist trails filled with delicious Gallo beer, “Mayan” culture and colors and see the real Guatemala that is crying for justice.
There is much more I could say on this subject – I hope it is clear why I can’t.
It will always be against the laws of man to kill other men, but when the possession and sale of drugs becomes the same, it creates a willingness to defend against consequences through murder. I hope that the US government never again says that the legality of narcotics will NOT have an effect on drug related violence. They should be ashamed. It is their suburban American dream that creates the impetus for the heavy demand for these drugs and now that there are rarely parents at home to raise the new generations, the values have disappeared. I wonder if they can’t see any parallels in other failed societies before ours.
I would like to dedicate this entry to David Salguero, a great man, a man of values, who fought for his home.
He was murdered in late October in Peten Guatemala.
FOR MORE INFO ON DAVID VISIT: http://acofop.blogspot.com/2010/11/asesinan-lider-comunitario-por.html