Mexico’s Ariel Awards will be announced this Sunday, September 27th. This is a particular moment of pride for local author Guillermo Munro Palacio, whose novel “La Ruta de los Caídos” was transformed into the film Sonora now nominated for 10 Ariels.
The Ariel is an award given by the Mexican Academy of Arts and Film Science (AMACC), instituted in 1946 as a way to recognize the work of directors, actors, technicians, and producers. Or rather, the Ariels are Mexico’s Oscars!
“Sonora” tells a similar tale to what the United States and Mexico currently face with anti-immigrant initiatives. However, this story occurs in Sonora in 1931, against the Chinese community, which was attacked with hate campaigns, xenophobia and racism, until being finally removed from the State.
In the film, based on Puerto Peñasco native son Guillermo Munro Palacio’s book “La Ruta de los Caidos”, director Alejandro Springall invites the public to reflect on issues of migration and discrimination.
The film’s characters have to cross the Altar desert through the volcanic area of El Pinacate to reach Baja California, which implies a series of setbacks and extreme experiences.