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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…
Who Is Dayani Cristal?
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 Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to…
Maquilapolis: City of Factories - Activism for Low-Wage Workers in Mexico
Part of the Series: Globalization
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
Two Americans - Fighting Deportation in Arizona
The parents of a 9-year old girl are arrested in Arizona when America's Toughest Sheriff Joe Arpaio, raids a local car wash suspected of hiring undocumented workers. As Kathy fights to prevent her parents' deportation, a community group succeeds in…
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…
A Long Journey To Guadalupe
The veneration for Tonantzin-Guadalupe has been an essential Mexican theme underlying Mexican cultural and political values since the 16th century. Guided by the testimonies of Indigenous people, Mexicans of mixed heritage and Chicanos about this complex subject matter, we can…
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…
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…
Reportero - Journalists Risking their Lives to Report on the Mexican Drug War
PBS
This film follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta - a Tijuana-based independent newspaper as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. As the drug war…
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…
Circo
Gorgeously filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico and set to the music of the indie-rock band Calexico, Circo follows the Ponce family's hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together. Tino, the ringmaster, is driven by his dream…
The Suffragists - Political Struggles for Women in Mexico
The story of Eufrosina Cruz, an indigenous woman from the Zapotec community of Santa Maria Quiegolani in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Las Sufragistas details her political struggle, as well as Mexican women's long fight for political power, beginning with…
Beyond the Border - A Mexican Immigrant Joins his Brothers in Kentucky
Young Marcelo Ayala leaves his home in Mexico to join his brothers in the Kentucky Bluegrass. Thousands of Latinos seeking better possibilities have been migrating to Midwestern states like Kentucky, with jobs in the tobacco, manufacturing and horseracing industries. But…
The World's Most Wanted - Secrets of Mexico's Drug War
BBC
Mexican drug lord Joaquin ' el Chapo ' Guzman is almost certainly the wealthiest and most powerful criminal in history. Attempts by the Mexican government to curtail the power of his Sinaloa Cartel and its rivals have led to a…
Remember the Alamo
Part of the Series: American Experience
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,…