15 Nov '11, 1pm
Why Did Mc Donald’s Shut Down in Bolivia? Film Explores the Country’s Fierce Local Food Culture (Interview)
TreeHugger (TH): What moved you to make this film? Fernando Martinez (FM): Thanks to my work in the audiovisual field, I’ve been lucky to travel extensively and become quite familiar with the geography of my country, and every time you travel with a film crew, the first thing you do when you get to a small town or city is to find those places where you can have a good meal. With my friend and the film’s cinematographer, Gustavo Soto, we always talked about making a documentary about the best places to eat in Bolivia; on the other hand, when working at the Santa Cruz Ibero American Film Festival, every time I greeted someone I proudly told them: “Mc Donald’s had to shut down in Bolivia.” The merge of these two ideas was what gave birth to the project three years ago.