On January 18, it was two years since the explosion of a pipeline of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) that took place in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, and that took the lives of 137 people and left dozens of injured. The people who were there that Friday afternoon were looking to collect gasoline to sell. Before that, not many knew the word “huachicol.”
After the explosion and after reading the news that updated the death and injury figures, some of the names of the victims, their stories and the reason that led them to go there became known. For many it was the first time and they were motivated by the need to get a few more pesos.
This activity has grown over the years and over the six-year terms. The states where more is committed, according to Pemex, are Hidalgo, Puebla, Jalisco, Veracruz and Guanajuato, the latter being the scene of the film Huachicolero, director Edgar Nito’s first film, which premieres in the Amazon Prime catalog Video.
The film that revolves around a love triangle whose context is the theft of fuel in Guanajuato. Lalo (Eduardo Banda) is in love with a girl from his high school and to get her attention he gives her an expensive cell phone, but in order to pay for it, he seeks to join the huachicol business with Raúl (Pedro Joaquín) without weighing the consequences.
“It is the love story of a 14-year-old adolescent boy. There is a love triangle between a girl from a rural high school. My character is the antagonist, the one who in a way introduces him to work in this world of extraction and theft of hydrocarbons. Better known as ‘huachicol’ ”, says actor Pedro Joaquín in an interview for SinEmbargo.
According to the definition given by the College of Mexico, “Huachicolero” is that “criminal who is dedicated to stealing gasoline by drilling the pipelines that lead.” Until recent years we became more familiar with this word, although that was not the case of director Edgar Nito, who, a native of Irapuato, had been witnessing the activity that he decided to set as the setting for his film for a longer time.
For the 23-year-old actor Pedro Joaquín, it was also an unknown issue that he faced when they filmed the film in 2017.