Here is a selection of documentaries from Mexico focusing on cultural, social and political subjects.
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Mexican Documentaries

The Modern Jungle movie poster

The Modern Jungle

in Mexican Documentaries

Quite a few ethnographic films have been emerging from Latin America these last few years, most of them introducing little-known cultures, languages and rituals to audiences around the world. While ethnographic works are by definition documentaries, it’s undoubtedly their fictionalized variations that have been getting the most attention – I’m more particularly referring to the recent Ixcanul, Embrace of the […]

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Purgatorio

Purgatorio

in Mexican Documentaries

One thing you should know before watching Rodrigo Reyes’ documentary is that it isn’t an objective work. Rather this is a meditative piece designed to make us experience the filmmaker’s personal feelings about the Mexican border. Purgatorio follows the filmmaker as he ventures along the border, from Tijuana to Juarez, meeting various figures from both sides of the fence. While […]

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La Camioneta

La Camioneta

in Mexican Documentaries

Mark Kendall’s La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus shows the journey of a school bus, from being sold at an auction in Pennsylvania to enjoying its new colorful life as public transportation in rural Guatemala. What’s interesting here is that we get to follow the bus through each of the steps that will bring it closer to […]

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Reportero

Reportero

in Mexican Documentaries

When watching documentaries, people tend to mostly assess the work based on the strength of the subject. They value the content more than the format and if a documentary delivers a powerful or emotional message, they will embrace it without paying much attention to the vehicle itself. Reportero is one of those films that definitely affect spectators. Using the story […]

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