But the system doesn’t work properly in Mexico because of corruption and people really not caring too much about the future basically.1 And right now in Mexico, we’re living through that. People have taken the law into their own hands, creating these self defense groups, they’re called, that are taking control of many towns, especially in Michoacan now. Basically it’s people that have been extorted and kidnapped and made to pay like a tax, but to the organized crime of the area. Many people of course are the people that end up hanging bridges, and their heads cut off and all these things. Those are people that didn’t pay their fee or et cetra. So, now — and the police is — after so many years, they see that there’s nothing changing, so people have taken the law in their own hands, and taken control of their towns by force, with guns and with violence and everything.


And that’s happening now, which is kind of — it’s a big deal. It’s kind of a revolution that’s occurring really, because people are tired, and now they’re doing that now, and it’s a violent revolution that is happening now. And in Heli, I think at some point also that happens. That’s why he takes the law into his own hands at some point also. He tries, but — well, he does in a way, it’s debatable how successful that is in the film. That’s the feeling that there is in Mexico, and that’s true, it’s a true feeling. I mean it’s sad to say it, and I’m sure there’s many — there’s quite a few policemen and people do, do their job and try to be honest, but it’s so difficult to fight against such a corrupt system that even if you try, it’s very difficult.


I mean my personal experience is just going to try to get a license plate for a car here in Mexico, in Mexico City, it’s such a complicated and ridiculous situation, that you end up having to do it illegally basically. And so, that’s how the whole system works everywhere, so just dysfunctional completely, and consequences of that is that there’s this whole illegal society business that is making money the way that they’ve found how to do it. It’s not a country without law, but in a way it is. And a lot of it has to do with United States, of course, with the selling of the drugs and the weapons, all this exchange that occurs, that is somehow important also. But that’s the feeling that there is, and that’s what I tried to — and not in a very detailed and intricate way, but that’s what appears in Heli.

  1. Element Of Ridicule []
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