La Zona is set within a “walled community” in Mexico. It uses a violent robbery to look at class, poverty and corruption.
The suspected thieves are from the shantytown surrounding the richer neighbourhood.
The residents take it upon themselves to hunt down the perpetrators – with tragic consequences.
The film highlights the way that sections of the middle class have become so terrified of the poor that they are voluntarily living in virtual prisons to escape them.
It also questions how deep the differences between classes really are.
By revealing the barely veiled brutality beneath the civilised facade of the gated community, it shows up the hypocrisy of middle class condemnations of the violence of the poor.
directed by Rodrigo Pla