Maria, Full of Grace: A Movie of Drastic Reality
Realism in the movie
Maria, Full of Grace is the title of Latino movie we used to view on board ship for the nth time. Not only the story catches our imagination but also the sympathies the movie wants to gather from the movie watchers. The film realistically essayed the events happening in Colombia involving drug trade wherein young women are involved in carrying illegal substances in the U.S. soils, particularly in New Jersey and other strategic places in America. (You can also buy the DVD movie online via Amazon. Please look at the link on the right side of this hub.)
Because of the economic situation in Colombia, more and more innocent citizens, like Maria Alvarez and her friends, are lured into this illegal activities to help their families have a stable income for the moment. It’s not easy but it’s not difficult either, according to other protagonists in the film, to be in the trade. The only problem is when you get caught in the airport, if a member of the customs department ask your purpose in going to U.S.A.
From a simple town girl working in a flower factory (exporting roses and other flowers to other countries), Maria braved the danger of the city of Bogota (Colombia’s capital city) to accept the lure of a drug pimp and become a mule. The drug dealer will process all the necessary documents (passport, visa, et cetera) and pay a mule with a huge amount of dollar (like 50 thousand US dollars that will be equivalent to million pesos in Colombian money).
“Why are you really here?”
The usual tone of a US customs personnel is negative when they knew your whereabouts and the country you came from, especially Colombia. As for the character Maria, she was thoroughly interrogated starting from her tickets and passport, the relative she will visit and her former occupation. Even she didn’t underwent the usual X-ray examination because she was pregnant, customs officials were still in doubt about her purpose in the US. They knew the drug cartel that is proliferating between the US and Colombia, that’s why they’re always alerted once the plane came from South America.
Seafarers are often the usual subjects of investigation once their ships ventured into the soils of South America and other countries that are noted to be “drug hotspots”. Some sailors are lured into the business for the same reasons, like the “women drug courier” of Colombia. Third world countries are often the haven of illegal drug trade.
Catalina Sandino Moreno acted as Maria Alvarez in the film. Paul Merzey produced the film while Joshua Marston wrote and directed the movie. HBO presented the movie.
The movie is also included in special filming on board ship in order to know the situation in Colombia. This is not the usual propaganda in order to degrade a country but the reality that moviegoers should know.