Tag Archives: Mexico

‘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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New tequila and mezcal regulations upset local producers

For under 200 pesos ($10), visitors to the picturesque Mexican town of Tequila can purchase a fitting souvenir from the hawker stalls lining the roads: a three-litre wooden barrel labelled as tequila. Yet the drink inside is not Mexico’s national … Continue reading

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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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As Catholic priests are killed in Mexico, questions and tensions rise

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (RNS) Even in a rural Mexican community that has grown accustomed to the news of brutal killings, the abduction and murder of a popular Catholic priest has triggered profound shock and outrage. The bullet-ridden body of the Rev. … 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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‘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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Mexican police turn blind eye to murders of transgender women, say activists

MEXICO CITY, August 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Betzy Ballesteros’ brush with death came on a windy night in December, when a man in a black Chevy Suburban pulled up to the street corner in the Mexican city of Guadalajara … 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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Surreal Mexico: five extraordinary historical characters

The artistic juxtaposition of the absurd and the real is a familiar sight in Mexico—the great Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez described it is a country where surrealism “runs through the streets.” Fittingly, the nation has produced its fair share … Continue reading

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Pablo Escobar’s son brings message of peace to Mexico

“At one point there was a four-million-dollar price on my head,” said Sebastián Marroquín, the son of infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. “But I don’t want anyone in the audience to get too excited, there’s no one left to pay … Continue reading

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