Roma, a winner at UWI

Observer writer

Monday, March 25, 2019

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Ambassador of Mexico to Jamaica Juan Gonzales Mijares said he was pleased with the vast support at the premiere of Roma (2018).

“Well, we had a little question with the list, and you know as an ambassador, everybody is busy but in five days' notice I wanted to have colleagues, I wanted to have students, I wanted to have people from different language schools because of the Spanish of course, some representatives of the government in culture and all that. But I think the most important thing is that all of this theatre was full of people. They came from China, from all over the world but especially Jamaican students,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

The film premiere was held at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona campus, recently.

The ambassador explained why the venue was selected.

“The director of this film, Alfonso Cuaron, decided to give all the embassies of Mexico all over the world the rights to present this film just in the context of International Women's Day. Of course, with just one week's notice, we had to find a place and fortunately the dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences said: 'You know what, you can have it here' and here we are,” he said.

Roma tells the story of Cleo, a domestic worker employed by a middle-class family in Mexico City in the 1970s. Roma resonated with the audience as it addressed themes of family, love, loss and isolation. In addition, the film provides insight into Mexican society of the period and its incorporation of typical Mexican expressions highlights its cultural richness and lends an authenticity to the work of art.

Attendee Marisol Abrahams said she enjoyed the film.

“The film was really very good and I hope to see it market more; especially in countries that do not speak Spanish as their first language,” she said.

There are no other screenings planned but Gonzales is happy to add this event to his achievements.

“It has been one year since my arrival to Jamaica and we have presented different cultural events. Actually, there is a Latin American festival, and of course the National Day we brought some music and a presentation at Edna Manley College of Mexican music and also we have presentations in terms of gastronomy and this is one of the activities. I am very proud to present this activity on behalf of the organisation of the Mexican Government and the permit of the director of the film,” he stated.

Roma has won many awards. These include the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language, Best Director, and Best Cinematography; Bafta Award for Best Film, Best Foreign Language, Best Director and Best Cinematography; Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best director. It also won the award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival.

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