Alejandro González Iñárritu on the Value of Families

Today at Christianity Today Movies… my conversation with Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Iñárritu says:

I think that my films are basically family stories, beyond the fact that they are global and have political and social commentary. At the core of it, Babel is basically four stories of parents and children.

I think we are defined as human beings through our families, no matter what kind of family—through our relationships with parents, brothers and sisters. [You look back to] the first people of the world, and there is Cain killing Abel. In families you can find the source of every human drama. It is interesting because the cell of a society, the cell of a country, the cell of humanity — everything lies in the family.

For me, the most important thing that I have to accomplish, is to be a good father. That’s the most difficult challenge of my life. That’s the most important thing for me, more than films.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • T.C. Truffin

    To be fair, I only had peripheral interest in the project before–and only because of Whedon–but I can safely say that it has now totally dropped off of my radar.

  • NathanG

    Dude, what a bummer. I was looking forward to this comic book movie like none other…simply for the fact that Joss was a part of it…oh well. Guess I won’t be seeing that one either.


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