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Cartel Land - Vigilante Groups Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels
In this Sundance award-winning film, Director Matthew Heineman and Executive Producer Kathryn Bigelow ( The Hurt Locker , Zero Dark Thirty ) gain unprecedented, on-the-ground access to the riveting stories of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy-- the…
Maquilapolis: City of Factories - Activism for Low-Wage Workers in Mexico
Carmen Duran works the graveyard shift in one of Tijuana's 800 maquiladoras; she is one of six million women around the world who labor for poverty wages in the factories of transnational corporations. After making television components all night, Carmen…
Brimstone & Glory - The Ritual, Danger and Beauty of Fireworks
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off…
Who Is Dayani Cristal? - Stories of Crossing the Border
The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and actor Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission…
I Am Happiness on Earth
Julian Hernandez, one of Mexico's premier queer filmmakers (Raging Sun, Raging Sky), returns with this tale of a film director struggling with the line between his sexually charged reality and equally arousing cinematic creations. Will Emiliano be able to sustain…
The Socialist Dream - President Lázaro Cárdenas and the Socialist Ideals his inspired in Mexico
In the convulsive Mexican post-revolutionary times of a complex and divided country, the ideas of Lazaro Cardenas paved the way towards social transformation. Radical, practical and courageous, Cardenas and his socialist dream molded the future of Mexico.
Swift Feet - The Story of Two Indigenous Runners from Mexico
The Tarahumara--one of the largest indigenous cultures in North America--live in the rugged canyons of northwestern Mexico. For them, running is not only the best way to get from one place to another, it is an important cultural tradition. They…
Forbidden - Gay and Undocumented, Moises Serrano Fights for Justice
This film is about an inspiring young man whose story is exceptional, although not unique. When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico in search of the American dream. Forbidden to live and love…
Senorita Extraviada - Crimes Against Women in Juarez Mexico
This award winning documentary tells the haunting story of more than 350 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women from Juarez, Mexico. Visually poetic, yet unflinching in its gaze, this compelling investigation unravels the layers of complicity that have allowed for…
Mexico & Peru - The Black Grandma in the Closet
Part of the Series: Black in Latin America
PBS
Travel to Mexico and Peru with Professor Gates as he explores the almost unknown history of the numbers of black people brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries.
Zapatista
January 1, 1994. The day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. A few minutes after midnight in Southeastern Mexico, several thousand Mayan soldiers take over half the state of Chiapas, declaring a war against the global…
La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead - The Mexican Celebration of the Dead
A first and thorough look at the Mexican celebration of the dead, the sacred days when the souls of the departed return to visit the living. Tracing the Days of the Dead tradition from its roots in Indian culture to…
Crossing Arizona - The Immigration Crisis in Arizona
A Sundance Film Festival favorite, CROSSING ARIZONA offers an up-close multi-dimensional look at the hotly debated issues of immigration and border security through the eyes of people directly affected by it at America's flashpoint - in Arizona's Sonora Desert on…
A Place Called Chiapas - Eight Months Inside the Zapatista Uprising
In 1994, the Zapatista National Liberation Army, made up of impoverished Mayan Indians from the state of Chiapas, took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico. The government deployed its troops and at least 145 people died in…
Remember the Alamo
PBS
In the early 1830s Texas was about to explode. Although ruled by Mexico, the region was home to more than 20,000 U.S. settlers agitated by what they saw as restrictive Mexican policies. Mexican officials, concerned with illegal trading and immigration,…
Connected by Coffee - Latin American Coffee Farmers
This documentary tells the story of Latin American coffee farmers and how our daily brew is deeply connected to the region's troubled past and hopeful future. Following a 1000-mile journey from Mexico to Nicaragua, the film shows how equitable trading…
The Deportation of Innocence - Children of Deported Parents
What happens to children when their parents are deported to Mexico? The Deportation of Innocence takes us on a journey into the experiences of U.S.-born children and their immigrant families as they come to terms with deportation and the long-lasting…
Recovering Paradise - A Mexican Village Rises Up Against a Drug Cartel
In 2009, organized crime took over the Mexican community of Ostula. Murders and enforced disappearances soon became part of daily life. The entire community was displaced and the drug cartel took over their land. In 2014, armed self-defense groups helped…
Silent River - Corporate Pollution in Mexico
The Santiago River, known locally as "the River of Death," flows along the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. For forty years, waste from one of Mexico's largest manufacturing corridors has been dumped into the Santiago. 80% of the companies in the…
Sunú - Mexican Maize Farmers
Seen through the eyes of small, midsize and large Mexican maize producers, SUNU knits together different stories from a threatened rural world. This film documents how people realize their determination to stay free, to work the land and cultivate their…