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Machetero (2008)

 -  Crime | Drama | News  -  3 June 2008 (USA)
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Post 9/11 definitions, ideas and notions of terrorism are challenged in this highly controversial and experimental film. Machetero is an allegorical narrative that follows French journalist Jean Dumont, to a New York prison where he interviews Pedro Taino, a so-called "Puerto Rican Terrorist". Pedro is a self-described Machetero fighting to free Puerto Rico from the yoke of United States colonialism. He is obsessed with freedom, freedom for his country, his people and for himself. Jean questions Pedro about his decisions to use violence as a means to achieve that freedom. Jean utilizes a global perspective in questioning Pedro, referencing examples of achieving his goals through more peaceful means. However Jean soon finds that Pedro is well versed in liberation struggles from around the world and their debate over the use of violence as a catalyst for change escalates. As Jean and Pedro speak, another story unfolds. A ghetto youth grows up in the streets doing what he has to do to ... Written by vagabond

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Pedro's got a pipe bomb set for the 4th of July

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The only permit that was pulled for the film was for the one day of shooting that was done in the prison in the Bronx. The rest of the film was shot using guerrilla tactics. See more »

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Pedro's Grave
Written by RICANSTRUCTION
Lyrics by Not4Prophet
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Criminal Minds Justifying their Crimes
20 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Machetero" is the kind of film that offers little interest for me. However, a friend suggested the film and because I have interest in the status of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, USA. I attended a screening.

This is a type of film that is basically unappealing to most people unless they are very far to the left of left. I am sure that Che Guevara would have given this film a 5 start rating. In my case, the best thing that I can say about this film is that I walked out about after 20 minutes.

The film begins with a greasy, youth shaving his head in the style of a skin head. During the few minuets that I washed, the film presented a series of images of that youth walking around deserted areas of NYC The youth walked around while a rap song commented about oppression and colonialism. The main idea was to illustrate how the USA have abused the people of the Commonwealth of PR, USA.

Since, I am familiar with the ideas of many Puerto Rican-Americans born and living in the Island, I could not but get to realize that the ideas in this film were the point of view of radical New York-Ricans.

In all fairness, I felt nauseated by the film ideas and comments. Therefore, I could not help but leave the movie house after -as I said -20 minutes.

Yet, I do need to make a contrast between the ideas of this film and my reality. My cousin Carlos Torres was born in the Commonwealth of PR, USA. He graduated from Ponce High School in 1952. shortly after, Carlos enlisted in the USA Armed Forces. Carlos made the army his life and reached a very high rank in the army. For Carlos, his life's highlight is that his children followed in his footsteps and graduated from West Point. Later-on, his grandchildren graduated attended West Point and Annapolis.

Therefore, when I see the individuals in this film - all born in the Mainland -talking about revolution, making pipe bombs, and advocating for PR Independence, I simply cannot help but feel total antipathy towards them.

The individuals in the film are simply people with very little education. All they have done in their lives is create a negative image for the good people of Puerto Rico. This people do not have any connection with the island but are simply after their personal interests.

The culture of the New York Rican is alien in Puerto Rico. Several years ago, the so called playwright, Miguel Pinero author of the play "Short Eyes" was invited to the University of Puerto Rico for a lecture on account of his play.

Miguel Pinero began his lecture with the New York Rican "jive" talking about how he and his writing were examples of Hispanic culture. After a few minutes on the stage, Miguel Pinero had to leave the stage. The audience simply laughed at him, laughing him out of the stage.


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