The production team of "Hands of Stone" had set the scene down to the last detail: dirty laundry and school uniforms draped from balconies of a deteriorated building took us back to the day of January 9, 1964 (though the events occurred elsewhere) when students lit cars on fire and launched stones and sticks at the police substation as a symbol of protest against American presence in the Panama Canal.
The star on this first day of shooting was but a child, who played a young Roberto Durán. The boy wound up mixed up in the riots when he was caught stealing fruit and vegetables from various market stands.
The movie crew is equipped with the latest video technology, including cranes to access angles for shots that Jonathan Jakubowicz couldn't otherwise make.
Police and staff of the Hands of Stone film surrounded the set.
Curious onlookers flocked to the scene to watch the filming, determined to stay until 10:00 p.m.