The film Even The Rain, directed by Iciar Bollain and written by Scottish screenwriter Paul Laverty, is about, in the director’s words, resistance and friendship. It’s a personal journey — an adventure undertaken by characters which brings the past into the present. The story intertwines Columbus’ arrival in the Americas with the making of a film; it mixes the Spanish crown’s exploitation of gold in the 16th century with the fight for water in Cochabamba in the year 2000. The film takes us from the fiction of a period film to the reality of a film set in a small Bolivian city. And from that reality to another which is deeper and more dramatic, that faced by people with practically no rights, prohibited by law from collecting even the rain. But Even The Rain does much more than compare historic events. It transcends the detail and delves into something much deeper and more universal. Deep down it’s a story about loyalty, camaraderie, and empathy.