By Cathi Choi
Academy Award best director nomineeÂ Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu (Maria Eladia GonzÃ¡lez â13) told the Latino Heritage Assembly yesterday that rage is a deadly consequence of human ignorance.
âNot HIV or AIDS, but the virus of our time is rage, from racism, xenophobia, confusion and ignorance,â GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu said.
The Mexican-born director spoke about his films and the drive behind them.
âIf you donât have anyhing to say, donât say nothing,â GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu said. âThereâs a lot of information and junk out there, that confuse the pure and powerful soul.â
GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu said his three major length feature films were about communication and relationships with parents.
Â His film âBabel,â nominated for five Academy Awards, is a collage of many stories, one of about a Japanese father and deaf and mute daughter, who connect with the touch of a hand.
He said his Japanese crew told him that some intended dialogue was wrong, because the Japanese communicate with actions.
âWords donât mean much, itâs the emotions that are implied in the actions,â GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu said. âThat really moved me.â
In pain, GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu said, his characters find a way to communicate. He described his role as a filmaker to create hope and understanding for each small story in his movies, atÂ âeach molecule….Thereâs no way to put a crowd-pleaser ending.â
Asked if economic pressures from big corporations influenced his filmmaking, GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu said, âIf you have a good idea, thereâs always money.â
But he said the real problem is the need to make meaningful films.
âToo many films have nothing to say, they just want to crowd an audience,â GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu said.
âYour role is more than just to be entertained and eat popcorn. Never shut down your voice for any interest,â GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu said. âKeep the fire.â