Barbarous Mexico 2010

Film Title:

Barbarous Mexico 2010


Friday 5 October 17:30


80 mins

Director: Luis Rincón Country: Mexico
Writer: Luis Rincón Original Format: -
Dir. of Photography: César Aliosha, Arturo R. Jiménez Print Source: Iván Gutiérrez Araico
Producer: Martha Orozco
Cast: -

European Premiere

Within the framework of the bicentennial celebration of Mexican Independence, filmmaker Luis Rincón demonstrates that, despite its abolition two centuries ago, networks of slavery still remain in Mexico today. The director reveals this shocking modern day phenomenon by exposing us to the atrocious working conditions found in some rural areas of Mexico; conditions which are totally at odds with the promise of human rights in modern society.

 Barbarous Mexico 2010 takes its name from the eponymous book published in 1910 by American journalist, John K. Turner. An active member during the Mexican Revolution, Turner accused the government of the day for its lack of control of working conditions in the countryside. In the footsteps of Turner, Rincón explores various places in Mexico where slavery continues to this day, disguised as ‘Service for Debt’ - a practice that entitles the landowners to take over the lives of their workers.

 Apart from the appalling conditions on some Mexican ranches, the documentary witnesses the migration of workers from Central America into Mexico. These workers then inevitably become part of the most exploited workforce. It’s a remarkable documentary that invites the audience to think about the basic practices of capitalism and the inability of today’s governments to overcome the persistence of such inhumane treatment by ruthless ranchers.

David Martinez

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