February 1944. That was the first time Disney presented the Mexican Culture as an key part of one of their stories. Fast-forward 70 years and it hasn’t appeared again, except from some clichés mentions and characters that only were there to add some latin flavor to the mix.
But times are a changing. And Disney understands that.
The great magical world they promise has no room for walls that separate. It shouldn’t surprise us that, even though, the story began in 2012 under another title, Coco sees the light in these times, where the separation between both countries is a debate very present in our lifes.
The movie presents itself as a bridge created for entertaining the Mexican people with a top notch story that celebrates their culture and giving the American people, especially the young ones, a glance of their rich, colorful, enjoyable culture.
Are we talking about an advanced Mexican culture course? Of course not. It’s a movie. It's made for entertainment. But in times where there most conversations and actions revolve around hate, resentment and separation on both sides of the border, it’s essential to find this contact points.
Let’s celebrate Coco. Let’s take our kids to see it. Let’s enjoy this celebration of culture. Let’s break all walls.
We invite you to forget all about the mistrust that comes with age, and start applauding. For the Lee Unkrichs. For the Gabriel García Bernals. And for everyone involved in these kind of projects. Because there are still people that wants to build bridges instead of walls.