April 5, 2013
Associated Press, 4/5/13
A construction magnate’s preppy son is forced to drive one of Mexico City’s battered green buses, while his spoiled sister waits tables at a cantina in a miniskirt and non-designer shoes. Their credit cards have been canceled, their BMWs and mansion seized.
The Mexican riches-to-rags movie, “We are the Nobles” has opened to packed theaters in a country with one of the world’s widest income gaps — and a love for laughing at misfortune. More than 1 million people showed up in the first week to see the story of an impresario who fakes a government raid on his riches to teach his children the value of work.
February 11, 2013
Are you interested in the role of agricultural work, politics, and economics in the production of food in America? If yes, check out the following events hosted at the Smithsonian American History Museum. Harvest of Loneliness, a documentary about the bracero guest worker program will be screened on Saturday February 23, 2013.
March 7, 2012
CNN México, 2/24/2012
For almost 80 minutes on film, a Mexican man completed covered in thick layers of black cloth except for his forearms gives testimony of his former occupation: being a hitman for a drug cartel in Ciudad Juárez. Released as El Sicario, Room 164, the documentary tells its story through the anecdotes of this masked man, recounted in the same hotel room in which he allegedly tortured one of his kidnapped victims. In front of the camera, the hitman calmly confesses to have killed around 500 people.
Produced by Icarus Films, the documentary has been shown in many parts of the world, including screening at European film festivals like those of Vienna and Venice, and received nominations for best documentary film. It has not yet been distributed or screened commercially in Mexico, except at the Guadalajara Film Festival. Following that showing, the film has not screened elsewhere, according to its director and cinematographer Gianfranco Rosi.
September 15, 2011
Los Angeles Times, 9/15/11
Tonight, Mexicans around the world will celebrate 201 years of their country’s independence from Spain with “The Shout,” the mythologized call for an uprisingagainst foreign rule made by Father Miguel Hidalgo on Sept. 16, 1810.
Unlike last year’s big Independence Day bicentennial, which saw a gargantuan carnival take hold in the center of Mexico City, this year’s run-up to the biggest Mexican holiday on the calendar has been rather lackluster.
Traditional decorations on government buildings appeared gradually or not at all. It was the same for street-corner vendors selling red-white-and-green flags. Troublingly, several news reports from various regions of the country said some cities and towns — as many did last year — will not celebrate “El Grito” tonight for fear of violence or due to extortion threats (link in Spanish).
July 20, 2011
CNN México, 7/20/11
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El esfuerzo por promover un cambio en la sociedad a través de historias contadas en el cine ha hecho merecedora a la gira de documentales Ambulante del premio de Derechos Humanos de la Oficina para Asuntos Latinoamericanos en Washington (WOLA).
Durante la clausura de Ambulante este martes, la directora ejecutiva de WOLA, Joy Olson, señaló que es un honor tener al festival creado por los actores mexicanos Diego Luna y Gael García como uno de los premiados de este año, porque la raíz de la organización está en el concepto de contar historias del festival.
September 21, 2009
Pacific University Oregon, 9/21/09
Based on over 700 interviews in Mexican towns where 20-50% of the population has left to work in the United States, The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. illegally and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.
Through an approach that is both subtle and thought-provoking, director Roy Germano provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative and effective solutions to our illegal immigration problem
Link to Film Website…
March 30, 2009
La Plaza Blog, Los Angeles Times, 3/30/2009
“Los Que Se Queden” (Those Who Remain) scooped the prize for best Mexican documentary at the closing of last week’s Guadalajara International Film Festival.
The film, which we featured on La Plaza on Friday, was made by Mexican directors Carlos Hagerman and Juan Carlos Rulfo and is an intimate study of the families and homes left behind in Mexico by the migrants who head north.