Screening: Reportero + Q&A
The screening will be followed by a Q&A over Skype with director Bernardo Ruiz[vimeo clip_id=”29807706″ width=”400″ height=”225″]
In Mexico, more than 40 journalists have been killed 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 organised crime groups.
Director Bernardo Ruiz follows journalist Sergio Haro from the Mexican magazine Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly. Through interviews, reports, archive footage and news items, Ruiz illustrates the ruthless practices of the drug cartels, and the corruption that makes it so dangerous for journalists to do their jobs.
With a print circulation of about 30,000, Zeta is an anomaly in the Mexican media landscape. For three decades the paper has chronicled the activities of organised crime and corrupt politicians. Since the paper was founded in 1980, two editors have been murdered and founder Jesus Blancornelas miraculously survived a vicious attack. Despite the dangers, Zeta journalists are committed to investigative journalism and determined to uncover the truth.
Directed by Bernardo Ruiz