Category Archives: Arts

The women transforming Mexican cinema

Women directors are still a rarity in Hollywood.  A new investigation by film industry site the Wrap discovered that two of Hollywood’s major studios, 20th Century Fox and Paramount, have no films by female directors scheduled to come out between … Continue reading

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Filmmakers set focus on the US-Mexico border

Alondra Hidalgo sees her first lead role in a feature film as a political project as much as a personal one. The Mexican actress stars alongside Gael García Bernal, one of Mexico’s most recognisable faces, in Desierto, a thriller about … Continue reading

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The five best Mexican documentaries on Netflix

Mexico is something of a documentary filmmaker’s paradise. The country’s incredible wealth and crushing poverty, its rich indigenous heritage and its lively contemporary arts scene provide ample space for inspiration. Here are some must-see documentaries on Mexican subjects, all available … Continue reading

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Six Mexican films not to miss on Netflix

Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema came to an abrupt end in the late 1950s. The money that had flowed into filmmaking went dry, cinemas went dark and audiences turned away. Yet for some years now, people have been talking about … Continue reading

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Gritty vigilante documentary up for Oscar Sunday

Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu aims to repeat last year’s success and become the first director to collect consecutive Oscars since Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1950. Yet Iñárritu’s revenge tale “The Revenant,” has nothing to do with Mexico, unlike another nominated … Continue reading

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Mexico’s modern day minstrels sing against injustice

Anyone who has taken a bus in Guadalajara is familiar with the phenomenon: the wandering troubadours who jump aboard to sing songs of broken-hearted love in exchange for a few pesos. In May of last year, a clip of one … Continue reading

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Gone but no longer forgotten: upcoming book to name and honor migrant worker victims of 1948 plane crash

The haunting imagery of “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos” has carried the ballad from the pen of Woody Guthrie to the stadium concerts of Bruce Springsteen. A host of iconic musicians have covered the song along the way: Pete Seeger, … Continue reading

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Why artists choose Mexico as a setting

Mexico has always attracted a wide roster of foreign artists and intellectuals. Among those who pursued their creative vision in the country are U.S. writers Katherine Anne Porter and William Burroughs, British novelist Graham Greene, Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and … Continue reading

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What was great about Gabo?

The news that Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel prize-winning author, died yesterday led to an outpouring of tribute in the press, across Twitter and from a wide array of celebrities. The Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, described him as … Continue reading

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