According to XHIJ-TV, Juarez Mayor Enrique Serrano recently told media he wasn’t against the movie but rather protesting the way producers portrayed Juarez.
Serrano said if the movie told viewers this was the way it was in the past, then he would have no objections but Hollywood producers keep portraying the city as a violent place.
He said he’s worked very hard to help the city overcome that image and it isn’t like how it was was a few years ago.
The mayor is also calling for a boycott of the film “Sicario.” The film is set for release this Friday. Sicario means hitman in Spanish. The film debuted in some cities on Sept. 18. Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin star in the film. The film received a seven-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival this spring.
“In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent Kate (Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Del Toro), the team sets out on a journey that forces Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive,” according to the film’s official website.
All three actors, the film’s director, and screenplay writer were interviewed for a feature in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
I’m sorry Mr. Mayor, I won’t be boycotting the film. I’m sorry to say Juarez isn’t safe like you’d like to claim and believe. I don’t think Juarez will ever be as safe as it was back when I was in college and growing up. I can no longer go to drink and drown on Thursday nights or buy clothes and groceries like in the past. Maybe one of these days I will take the risk…or not. I’ll be watching the movie sometime.
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