Category: Production

Clowns Protest in Mexico City – Al Jazeera

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The 21st Latin American convention comes amid reports of clown attacks that have brought bad name to professional clowns.

Hundreds of clowns have donned their biggest shoes to join the 21st Latin American clown convention in Mexico City.

The convention has attracted participants from 14 countries around the region to take part in events such as make-up competitions and to learn extreme balloon twisting.

But there’s a shadow hanging over their painted smiles this year: the trend of menacing clowns threatening the public around the US, Canada and the UK has now hit Mexico.

People dressed as sinister clowns have been spotted scaring the public in various spots around the country.

In retaliation, groups of clown hunters have cropped up on social media, sometimes writing aggressive threats to all clowns.

Al Jazeera caught up with the clowns to find out more

 

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Women Fight Back in Mexico – BBC

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It’s a very undesirable distinction, but Mexico ranks among the worst 20 countries in the world for violence against women.

On average six women die a violent death in the country every day.
But there has been a growing backlash against that treatment recently, with women taking to the streets to make their voices heard.

The BBC’s Katy Watson reports from Mexico on the effort to bring much needed change to a culture where machismo has long held sway.

bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36336399

Mexican Cinema Struggles at Home – the FT

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Following the success of Mexican directors like Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu in Hollywood, filmmakers want to promote smaller-budget movies and encourage Mexicans to learn more about homegrown cinema.
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http://video.ft.com/4940739522001/Mexican-filmmakers-focus-on-homegrown-cinema/World

Zika virus: Can El Salvador limit pregnancies? – BBC

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Concerns about foetal damage from the Zika virus has prompted some Latin America governments to ask women to put off getting pregnant until more is known about it.

But in El Salvador, as in much of Central America, where abortion is illegal and contraception not widely available, the advice can be difficult to follow.

Katy Watson reports from El Salvador.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-35478966

Zika Hits El Salvador – BBC

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The World Health Organization is holding talks in Geneva on Monday to decide whether to declare the Zika outbreak an international public health emergency.

The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil and since May 2015 it has spread rapidly around Central America.

Katy Watson reports from El Salvador, one of the worst-affected countries in the region.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-35457784