Netflix has released the emotional trailer for their new series Somos. premiering on June 30.
Somos. is a fictional story based on the investigative report “How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico,” written by acclaimed American journalist Ginger Thompson where she told the stories and testimonies of dozens of people who experienced first-hand the events of March 2011 in Allende, Coahuila, a small community near the U.S. border.
The series is the first TV production to recount the event from the victims’ perspective and centers around the experience of violence in a small community in the context of rural life — which has rarely been explored in a series before.
Somos. was created by James Schamus, who also co-wrote the series with Mexican writers Monika Revilla and Fernanda Melchor. The resulting screenplay exposes the tragic and horrific aftermath of drug trafficking in a small town in northern Mexico. It features interlocking storylines with multiple protagonists, each at the center of their own universe. They all go about their lives, unaware of their imminent death sentence or reprieve.
“I immediately took it as a challenge,” said Schamus, “to reframe real people’s lived experiences in a distinct work — a fictional narrative that would break away from the usual genres that so compellingly mediate our understanding of how violence structures so much of our ‘day-to-day living,’ regardless of how close or distant that violence is from us.”
Watch the trailer below.
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