Mexico's biggest film star, Gael Garcia Bernal, said here that it is necessary to speak about the violence that is occurring in this country through films such as "Miss Bala" (Miss Bullet").

The film was made by Canana Films, the production company of Garcia Bernal and fellow actor Diego Luna.

"We have the active responsibility to show what is happening so that this isn't a natural thing, something common," said Garcia Bernal as a meeting with students at Iberoamericana University in Mexico City.

He was responding to a question about whether films like "Miss Bala," which tells the story of a young woman who dreams of being a beauty queen and sees herself trapped by a network of crime, accustom citizens to violence.

The confrontation among criminal organizations and between these groups and the security forces has taken more than 40,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006.

"Films like this terrorize me and make me want to do things to change (the situation)," said Garcia Bernal, who defended the role of the film in "speaking about the nightmare of terror (prevailing in Mexico) through a visual language."

"Miss Bala," which was well received at this year's Cannes Film Festival, premiered this week in Mexico City and will debut Friday in theaters across Mexico.