On June 30, the mini-series “Somos” premiered on Netflix, which consists of six chapters in which it tells how the tragic massacre occurred in Allende, Coahuila, in 2011.
Durango became the ideal location for its filming, especially the municipality of Canatlan, where much of the production was filmed. According to the producers, the beauty and scenic vibe of this municipality paired with the setting they sought to give Allende.
Highway Films’ production company was responsible for scouting for filming, and they found the perfect locations in Canatlan. The residents of the place thus agreed through the municipal government to lend their homes, businesses, and cars for filming.
Daniel Soto Quinones, Director of Tourism Promotion in this municipality, was the mediator between the production company and the people of the Canary Islands to carry out the filming of an international production at the venue.
Most of the filming took place in Canatlan, where they used everything from homes to the building housing the mayor. Soto Quinones noted that at all times residents have been eager to collaborate in one way or another on the miniseries.
“It’s a huge production, so in the first days the trucks started coming, they were parked around the main square which caught everyone’s attention, and little by little the team became familiar with Canadians,” highlights the municipal official.
He also said that days before production, the production informed people of the dates and places where recordings would be made, so they wouldn’t be interrupted. Thus, there is collusion between the two parties.
Mini series locations in Durango
In Canatlan, its streets were the main protagonists, as well as the “Luna” bar located just a few blocks from the plaza, the soccer field that served as an American soccer field within the plot.
Car wash, which is observed during the first seasons of the series. Likewise, AA Centers, farms, and suburban homes house the Linaris family farm and Donna “Chew” house respectively.
We also appreciate the look of the warehouses where the refreshment truck scenes were filmed and where the bodies were cremated during the later seasons.
The mayoral building was an essential part, as the administrative offices there were adapted to place emergency offices No. 089. The municipal police headquarters, located next to the presidency, also appears in the ministries.
Other Durango municipalities were also part of the groups that appeared in the “Somos”, such as Gómez Palacio, Nombre de Dios and Nuevo Ideal. Meanwhile, other scenes were filmed in Torreon, Coahuila, and Los Angeles, California.
In the city of Durango, places such as the plaza located in the Obrera district were used for the last scene. The facilities of El Sol de Durango newspaper served as DEA offices in the plot.
While the area around the capital Durango and the prison of Gómez Palacio were used to recreate the Cereso of Piedras Negras.
Production took place between 2019 and 2020; However, as a result of the health emergency, it was complicated: “They had to stop for a few months, but when they resumed it, all necessary measures were used to take care of both the team and the Canadians,” Daniel said. Soto.
For his part, the Minister of Tourism of Durango said, Eleazar Gamboa, stressed that this short series left important economic effects on the entity, not only in the capital but in various municipalities, which came to give a respite to the population after a difficult year of the epidemic.
After the premiere of “Somos.” The euphoria continues in Canadians as residents proudly show off the places where certain scenes were filmed and show off the local talent who co-starred in the plot.
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