Directed by Guillermo García López. Chile/Mexico/Spain/Uruguay/Japan. 2016. 81 min.
Centered around an extensive interview with José “Pepe” Mújica, the former President of Uruguay who gained notoriety on the world stage as a rare politician: one that lives according to the ideas and principles he preaches, “Delicate Balance” is a contemplative essay on the everyday reality of globalization.
Mújica’s ideas about modern society, where economic interests prevail over human values, are used to connect three stories: A Japanese salary-man in Tokyo, a sub-Saharan community trying to cross the borders into Europe, a family evicted from their own home in Spain. Three stories intertwined on three different continents. The words of the President Mújica — a humble, soft-spoken figure who looks like a retired farm laborer rather than a retired político — structure this clear-sighted documentary about the socio-economic mess we’re making of our world, but it also comes with suggestions from Mújica about how to change it for the better.