An idealistic film director (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his cynical producer (Luis Tosar) arrive in Bolivia to shoot a movie about Christopher Columbus’s cruelty toward Native Americans; at the same time the government begins a violent crackdown on groups protesting the privatization of water. For all his good intentions, screenwriter Paul Laverty (best known for his work with Ken Loach) is didactic and crudely manipulative: this is the sort of film in which government brutality results in a little girl losing the use of her legs. Yet director Iciar Bollain (Take My Eyes) remains such an extraordinary director of actors that in every scene some surprising nuance counters the literalism of the script. Often working in empathetic close-ups, Bollain accomplishes a rare feat: dramatizing the mysterious process by which people internalize lessons of history. In Spanish with subtitles.