By José Antonio Pérez
Among movies debuting on Netflix in November, the film “Sonora”, authored by Puerto Peñasco native, writer, historian and novelist, Guillermo Munro Palacio, stands out.
The film, which premiered in Puerto Peñasco on August 27, will be available to Netflix subscribers starting on the 29th of November.
“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.
During filming, the production team faced various complications, including the high desert temperatures and having to deal with older cars from the 30s.
Sonora is presented as a true anecdote transformed into a story that, despite the time it portrays, remains true today, making it clear that ignorance and intolerance are our worst enemies and that integrity, solidarity and human quality can save us.
Fans of vintage films will enjoy it more thanks to its accurate recreation of the time it portrays and its setting within the beauty and splendor of the Mexican desert.
The film, “Sonora” can be categorized as an “Epic Western”, and has a cast made up of Dolores Heredia, Juan Manuel Bernal, Joaquin Cosio, Flavio Medina, Jason Tobin, Rafael Cebrian, Fernando Becerril, among others.