.More Than 1 in 5 Women Are Married Before They’re 18 in Mexico. Natasha Pizzey and James Fredrick, contributors to the Fuller Project for International Reporting Thin smoke hangs over Graciela Garcia as she makes tortillas on a wood-fired stove. The adobe walls are covered in soot from the years of wives making tortillas here. “I didn’t make tortillas…
Inmates in Mexico City’s tough prisons may dream of getting out, but their first night of freedom is often a bitter let-down. Typically released at night with nothing and no where to go, many find themselves struggling to stay out of trouble. Priest Francisco Jansen spends his night picking up these men as they come out of prison and tries to give them a helping hand in his makeshift shelter. Metropolis follows the story of one former inmate as he gets out and stays with Father Francisco.
– Production for Metropolis TV
Mexico City residents pay toqueros for electrical shocks strong enough to knock out a dog
FOR MAKESHIFT MAGAZINE, POWERING UP ISSUE
Carlos Victorino clutches a stiff brown briefcase and clinks together two metal rods as he wanders the dusky streets of Mexico City’s historic centro. He eyeballs the families and revelers out on a busy Saturday night, beckoning them to approach with the clink-clink-clink of his hand. For a small fee, he’ll fill them with enough electricity to knock out a small dog.
“It feels like adrenaline,” says Marco Antonio Camacho, who just received a jolt from the rods that link back to the battery in Carlos’s briefcase. Marco Antonio and his family sit together, still shaking out their arms after paying for Carlos’s services, while mariachi music rings out nearby.
In Mexico, paying for a shock—called a toque, or hit—is an enduring pastime. Carlos is about to turn 60, and he’s been at it since he was 14. It doesn’t pay much, but it’s enough to get by. So far, he’s earned about 130 pesos (USD 10) from the Camacho family, plus a quick USD 8 from another group earlier that night…
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Blessed Fruit of the Womb
A documentary about reproductive rights in Guatemala
Undeterred by the power of the church, corrupt politics, and a male-dominated culture where they’ve even been threatened with lynching, Evelyn and Ester, two indigenous Guatemalans, courageously travel the mountains and valleys of their native country on a quest to provide family planning education and access to birth control methods to women. It is a fight for reproductive rights and freedom in a country with the highest fertility rate in Latin America, staggering poverty, and a population in which 1 out of every 2 children under age 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition (the fourth highest rate in the world).
I worked on this documentary as field-producer/researcher while with the NGO WINGS in 2011. It was an official selection for the United Nations Association Film Festival.