Oaxaca, Mexico - For over two decades in many parts of Mexico, large corporations -- mostly foreign owned but usually with wealthy Mexican partners -- have developed huge projects in rural areas. Called mega-projects, the mines and resource extraction efforts take advantage of economic reforms and trade treaties like the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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MEXICO CITY - It was May 11, less than two months before Mexico's July 1 presidential election. Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico from 1929 until 2000, was well ahead in the polls. He strolled in to have a chat with some middle class students at the private Ibero-American University in Mexico City.
The standard story about NAFTA is that it took jobs from Canadian and American workers and sent them to Mexico. But free trade's impact on Mexico has proved to be even worse for Mexican workers, their families, and their communities. In the centenary of the Mexican Revolution, we traveled to Mexico to speak with community leaders, factory workers, educators, union activists, and advocates for migrant justice to explore how Mexico has been affected by neoliberal policies and economics, and to examine the grassroots social movements that seek to promote social justice across borders.
Featuring a panel discussion with the director and film participants after the screening.
Winner of the 2012 Documentary Bronze Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival.