Alfonso Cuaron is speaking out against Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.
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The “Roma” director is featured in W Magazine‘s new “Director’s Cut” collaborations series, with photos of the film’s Oscar-nominated star Yalitza Arapicio standing by a border wall in Tijuana directed by Cuaron himself.
In the feature article, Cuaron said, “The wall turns people into enemies for no reason. Walls are pointless.”
The director continued, “In Mexico and elsewhere, people who look like Yalitza are immediately classified and deemed unworthy. Being acknowledged by the Academy has a big impact. It’s another wall. And hopefully that wall has started to fall.”
Cuaron also spoke about what the wall means to people like Arapicio and many Mexicans like her.
“Yalitza is very much like the people who are trying to cross into America for a better life,” he said. “But now, because of the attention she is getting, she has become special. Yalitza could be the people at the wall, and they could be her.”
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Also included in the “Director’s Cut” series is a feature about Emma Stone with a series of photos overseen by “The Favourite” director Yorgos Lanthimos.
“BlacKkKlansman” helmer Spike Lee directed a photo-set starring Angela Bassett.
Finally, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” filmmaker Marielle Heller directed the photoshoot for a feature with actress Bel Powley.