From a kind of "gag order" on lawyers to the dis-empowerment and then sacking of a representative for the elderly, the documentary offers up example after example of how the powerful maintain their hold, right down to the manner in which -- following the sordid and stupid examples of Europe, Britain and Ireland -- in bad economic times the government is made to tighten the country's belt so that the poor and middle class suffer most and pay for the continuing sins of the wealthy. After which, of course, the economic crisis -- instead of getting better, as the right-wing always promises -- simply grows worse. In the case of Puerto Rico, the economy collapsed.
Luis Muñoz Marín, whom you might call the Sam Yorty of Puerto Rico, as he destroyed the island's public transit system for the good of the automobile lobby.
Monsanto is destroying this to creating hard-and-fast activists out of its audience. I applaud this, by the way; I just don't think it is quite as easy as Vásquez imagines it to be.
The Great Fallacy, from Jibaro Media Group, and So Be It Films, opened this past Friday in New York City -- not coincidentally the home-away-from-home of quite a lot of Puerto Ricans -- at the Quad Cinema. I hope it plays elsewhere around the country because much of what it has to say is timely and very important.
(That's Senor Vásquez, above, accepting his award for Best Spanish Language Film at this year's 8th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival, Florida, held April 18-21, 2013.)