LOS CABOS – Joined by producers Alex Garcia and Lucas Akoskin, plus cast Sarai Givaty, Emilio Echeverria, Chico Diaz and Richa Chadda, Mexico’s scribe-helmer Guillermo Arriaga received a Tribute award Friday night from Los Cabos Festival at the Spanish-world premiere of the religion-themed omnibus feature “Words With Gods,” which Arriaga originated.
A nine fiction-short omnibus feature,”Words With Gods” sees name directors – Arriaga, Hector Babenco, Warwick Thornton, Mira Nair, Hideo Nakata, Amos Gitai, Alex de la Iglesia, Emir Kusturica, Bahman Ghobadi – focus on stories related to a religion close to them.
Accompanying Arriaga, “Words With Gods” producer Garcia said that it is “the first of four films which table themes we are not allowed to discuss,” reiterating that the next will be about sex, politics and drugs.
’Words With Gods’ is an attempt to open up a breach, a dialog. We believe nobody should be rejected or killed because of their religious, sexual or political posture or what they take in terms of drugs,” Arriaga added.
Arriaga also made reference to the 43 missing and presumed-dead students in Ayotzinapa: “It’s not just 43 people we have to find, but 5,000,” he said.