QUERY: Possible Meanings of Native Silence
I am currently working on a close reading of Iciar Bollain’s film También la lluvia (Even the Rain). The film depicts the Water Wars in Cochabamba, Bolivia in the year 2000 against the backdrop of the filming of a documentary concerning the arrival of Columbus to the Caribbean. One of the key actors in the documentary, Daniel (Carlos Aduviri), is also the head organizer of the native resistance to the privatization of water by the Bolivian government. The documentary’s Spanish producer, in order to finish his film, offers Daniel a bribe-- a stack of bills in exchange for suspending his community organizing activities. During a scene in which the director scolds Daniel for participating in the water protests, the latter remains silent. While the director interprets his silence as agreement with his unofficial business proposition, subsequent events in the film make it clear that Daniel did not intend to express agreement with his silence.
I wonder if anyone has read any theory or ethnographic writing from Latin American Indigenous writers regarding ways in which Andeans in particular have used silence as a mode of resistance or non-cooperation with westerners.
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Thank you in advance,
Asst. Prof., Lit. of Colonial Spanish America