Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron on Roma and Anthony Chen's Ilo Ilo

The Straits Times talks to Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron about his latest film Roma, which explores class divisions in 1970s Mexico through the story of Cleo, a maid for a wealthy family.
Alfonso Cuaron was in Singapore last month to promote his movie, Roma.
Alfonso Cuaron was in Singapore last month to promote his movie, Roma.PHOTO: NETFLIX

SINGAPORE - The film Roma, now showing on Netflix, is based on a man's memories of what it was like growing up in a middle-class family in Mexico City. The family's domestic helper, a woman from another race and culture, grows close to the children in her care.

If the structure sounds familiar, it is because home-grown writer-director Anthony Chen's prize-winning Ilo Ilo (2013) is based on his recollection of what it was like to be a child who was as close to, if not closer, his Filipino domestic helper as he was to his own mother.

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