Jonás Cuarón on Shock Doctrine and Swine Flu

4 May

From London, Jonás Cuarón spoke to Excélsior on media coverage of the ongoing epidemic of influenza A (H1N1), a.k.a. swine flu, and the social crisis left in its wake.  The 28 y.o. filmmaker applied the concept of disaster capitalism, conceived by Canadian journalist and anti-globalisation activist Naomi Klein in her 2007 book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. “I do not know whether the situation of influenza in Mexico is being utilised, but something similar did alert Naomi Klein about how such historical moments are used.   One example is the tsunami, where in the midst of human suffering in those countries were privatized beaches to hotel zones.” Cuarón also lamented on the closure of public arenas during the epidemic.  His debut feature film Año uña was set to release in his native country mid-May but its premiere has since been delayed to June.  Read more.

The son of director Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás first rose to internet fame as co-director of the six-minute companion film or book trailer The Shock Doctrine (2007).  Klein originally approached Alfonso who was busy working on post-production for Children of Men.  It was then Jonás began work on the project.  The film can be viewed online at BBC’s Film Network (which showcases up-and-coming UK filmmakers) and on YouTube.



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