It seems that they are making a movie about drugs gangsters, titled Cartagena. Keanu Reeves is to be the protagonist in this movie. Now it happens that Cartagena is Colombia’s most popular tourist destination and therefore the government is in alert.The film will confirm Colombia’s reputation of cocaine trading country and that is the least the Colombians want. This government is very eager to show that Colombia has a lot more to offer than cocaine. That is true. But alas, cocaine sells. Cocaine is sexy.
It always makes me giggle when the Colombian government protests against media or personalities who pronounce themselves on Colombia and cocaine. One of the last big worries was a song by France’s first lady Carla Bruni, called Cocaine.
Of course, it is true, the cocaine consuming countries should do more to prevent consumption. The Colombian jungle is threatened by the polluting coca growing and the cocaine laboratories. The FARC and paramilitaries finance themselves with drugs trade, etc etc.
But why not see it from the positive side and consider the movie, which hopefully will be good, as propaganda for the city? Everybody knows it is better that they talk bad about you than that they don’t talk about you at all.
And last but not least, tons of cocaine are every year caught by Colombia’s army and police in the harbour of Cartagena. So you can’t even say it is a lie to relate this indeed beautiful city to drugs trade.
And sorry, one other thing: it would be a lot better if the Colombian government worried about the extreme poverty in Cartagena’s slums and the big problem of child prostitution in this city which is always crowded with tourists/clients.