Category Archives: Interviews

‘I tracked down my mother in the Amazon rainforest’

My parents had a very unconventional marriage: my father is an American anthropologist and my mother is a member of the Yanomami tribe living in a remote corner of the Amazon. They were betrothed according to the Yanomami system in … Continue reading

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Santa Muerte and transgender sex workers in Mexico

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‘I rode “The Beast” as research for my film’

Diego Quemada-Díez as told to Stephen Woodman Back in 2002, I was living by the railroad tracks in Mazatlán on the Pacific coast of Mexico. I started talking to migrants who were passing through town and I was deeply moved … Continue reading

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‘I organized Canelo’s first-ever fight’

Rigoberto Alvarez, the brother of Tapatio boxing world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, as told to Stephen Woodman. I was born in Guadalajara in 1978, but we didn’t stay long. My family would travel from town to town as my father … Continue reading

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‘I’m a transgender sex worker’

Betzy Ballesteros as told to Stephen Woodman When I was 14 I came out to my parents as gay and transgender. My mother reacted badly. I left my family home and we stopped speaking for four years.  I started wearing … Continue reading

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Johann Hari: on the U.S. drug war fought to the last Mexican

In 2011, British journalist Johann Hari was at the top of the journalistic pile. Sharp, brave and energetic, he was the Independent’s best-known columnist and named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the most influential left-wingers in Britain. Yet a … Continue reading

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Former Depeche Mode artist to play Tlaquepaque

Vince Clarke, founding member of British electronic band Depeche Mode, will bring his pioneering synth-pop sound to Mexico this month, as he headlines the Mute Festival in Tlaquepaque on March 21. The keyboardist and songwriter is best known for his early … Continue reading

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