Ginger Thompson’s oral history of a little-known 2011 massacre in the Mexican border town of Allende, and of the role the U.S. government played in triggering it, serves as the basis for James Schamus’s fictional Netflix series. Co-written with television writer Mónika Revilla and novelist Fernanda Melchor (Hurricane Season), Somos. poses thorny questions about the ethics of fictionalizing real events for mass consumption. Melchor joins Thompson and Schamus, as well as scholars Karl Jacoby and Renzo Aroni, on July 20 to discuss the risks and challenges of turning such stories into mainstream entertainment.
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