In Mexico, investigative journalism can be a life-threatening profession. In Reportero, a veteran reporter and his colleagues at an independent newsweekly defy powerful drug cartels and corrupt officials to continue reporting the news. Check out more about the film here.
Thursday May 31, 2012. $6-$10 sliding scale Show starts at 7:30pm
In Mexico, more than 40 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced?
Reportero (72 min.) follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade and challenge the drug cartels and corrupt local officials during a wave of unprecedented violence against journalists in Mexico, one of the deadliest places in the world for the media.
Winner of the Ambulante Documentary Festival 2012, Full Frame Documentary Festival 2012 & Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012, Reportero is a co-production of Quiet Pictures, LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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FistUp Film Festival’s mission: We believe watching a good film can change your life. We believe some films are made to be discussed. After every film there will be a performance, panel or discussion. No one turned away for lack of funds. Brought to you by the generous support of the James Irvine Foundation, Fistup.tv, La Peña Cultural Center & Clenched Fist Productions. Curated by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi of FistUp.Tv.