Chile, 1988, held a most unusual plebiscite: vote "yes" or "no" to continue for eight more years the rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet. Having come to power in 1973 in a CIA-backed, military coup, Pinochet has reluctantly yielded to international pressure to hold this referendum, certain he'll win. 97% of the population turned out.
Juxtaposing making a movie in Bolivia on Columbus' arrival in the New World with modern-day protests over water rights, Even the Rain wears its politics boldly; that is, it critiques comparable fifteenth century and 21st-century exploitation. Then, Columbus demands gold from the Indians and brutally suppresses any resistance; today, a miserly film producer takes advantage of the indigenous population.