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Top five Mexican documentaries

March 23, 2013

Following on from my post on the best Mexican movies, here’s a brief rundown of some of the outstanding documentaries that the country has produced in recent years.

These are my five favourites (click the links to watch the films on YouTube):

1. Zapatistas, crónica de una rebelión (2003/2007) – This is the best, most thorough and up-to-date (a second edition was released in 2007, also chronicling la otra campaña from 2006) documentary on the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).

2. Presunto Culpable (2008) – This excellent and hugely polemic documentary lays bare the many monumental flaws in Mexico’s legal and judicial system.

3. A Place Called Chiapas (1998) – Another decent Zapatista documentary, this features interviews with Noam Chomsky and Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha.

4. De panzazo (2012) – In a similar vein to Presunto Culpable, this film exposes the severe problems in Mexico’s education system. Thankfully, one of the chief culprits, Elba Esther Gordillo, is now behind bars.

5. Zapatista (1999) – Noticing a pattern here?  This is another good overview of the early years of the Zapatista movement.

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