Argentina and Paraguay are refusing to cooperate in the production of Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest project, a film focusing on a border region of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay thought to be the home of drug trafficking and organized crime that allegedly finances terrorist organizations globally.
Bigelow, whose movie “The Hurt Locker” won multiple Oscars in 2010, including best picture, wants to examine the area where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet in a film tentatively titled “Triple Frontier.” (The area is called Triple Frontera in Spanish)
But the focus on the region has angered the tourism ministers of Argentina and Paraguay, who fear the movie could damage their countries’ reputation with foreign visitors.
“We discussed this subject with Paraguay’s tourism minister and the governor of Misiones (an Argentine border state),” said Argentine Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer.
“We all agreed that we were deeply indignant when we discovered that this project seeks to negatively portray this region shared by three South American countries,” Meyer told AFP.
Many people I’ve talked with have said that while it is no secret that the region is home to smuggling, they are afraid that this is part of a larger campaign to cause fear that the region is home to terrorist cells, because it also home to one of the largest supplies of fresh water in the world. In fact, it is a popular tourist destination due to the huge Iguazu Falls and the ability to get cheap, smuggled electronics. In other words, for people who live in Argentina, the region seems as violent as Tijuana.