‘The System’

I recall something Miguel Littín told me five or six years ago. He had just filmed La tierra prometida in the Ranquil valley, a poor region of Chile.

The local peasants were “extras” in the scenes where there were masses. Some of them played themselves. Others played soldiers. The soldiers invaded the valley, and with bloodshed and fire, threw the peasants off the land. The film was the chronicle of the massacre.

The problems began on the third day. The peasants who wore uniforms, rode horseback, and shot blanks had become arbitrary, bossy, and violent. After each day of filming, they would harass the other peasants.

— Eduardo Galeano, Days and Nights of Love and War

About Charles Davis

A writer and producer with whose work has aired on television and radio and been published by outlets such as Al Jazeera, The Intercept, The Nation and The New Republic.
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3 Responses to ‘The System’

  1. Josh says:

    A fried was an extra in Aronofsky's upcoming "Noah." He played a "refugee," and other extras played "soldiers". The "soldiers" quickly self-segregated and adopted a superior, tough-guy attitude.

  2. Amazing. The system isn't broken except by the fact that people exist in it. Get rid of the people, get rid of corruption. I actually look forward to our matrix future. The machines will be far more just to us, in their harvest of our metabolically generated heat, than we are.

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