In The best families, Tatiana Astengo she is Luzmila, a domestic worker inside a wealthy house, where her great secret is hidden, but not only hers. Javier Fuentes-León’s film, which opens in Peruvian theaters on November 4, addresses prejudice, discrimination, classism, racism, among other defects where more than one will feel a victim or perpetrator, according to the actress, who has been in Spain for two months.
“What Javier presents in the film happens not only in Peru, but it can be in any country, even here,” Astengo tells us by telephone from Madrid. “Maybe that’s why it has done so well in festivals and international markets,” he agrees.
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“They are defects that must be discussed, it is the only way to deal with them. There is an issue there that we must solve and try to do something to correct, they are ingrained things that have passed from generation to generation and that cannot be reversed from one day to the next, but we have to start at some point. It cannot be that this is a justification for saying ‘this is how we are’, and we continue with the same thing. The first thing is to accept it, because there are people who say: ‘I am not racist, I am not homophobic because I have friends like that …’. And there you are just showing that you are “.
Tatiana welcomes the fact that cinema also addresses these issues that do so much damage to any society. “There are things that I personally work on and I also try, because first you have to unlearn then start learning. You have to surround yourself with people who also make you notice that because if you are with those friends who do not say anything to you and that everything seems wonderful to them, it is like continuing in a bubble in which everyone speaks the same macho, classist and racist language. Then you will never realize it. And you will do it when you travel, leave your comfort zone, interact with other people and cultures. Here comes the shock and you say ‘oops, all my life I lived deceived, right? “.
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Your character is a dull, fearful woman …
I loved! What the script is well written and talks about all those important pending issues, and also at the right time, I assume that the character has a role in this society In a bit. He is Peruvian, oppressed, silent, quiet, he has no voice.
Do you feel that you have been beaten a lot on social networks for your opinion?
Yes, but it is something that one has to know how to deal with. If you are a well-known person, an actress, who works in a series, what do I know, and you think about politics, people are not used to it. Instantly tells you ‘shoemaker to his shoes’, and that’s why we are as we are, because nobody wanted to give an opinion, nobody wanted to get involved. Everyone wants to look good to everyone. I decided to start giving my opinion, that it helps to be a well-known figure and that Instagram is not only to promote makeup or other products.