Category: Production

The ‘Trump fan’ taking Mexican wrestling by storm – BBC


Sam Polinsky is an American wrestler who joined the Lucha Libre wrestling circuit in Mexico City. In the ring, he adopts the character of a flag-waving fan of US President Donald Trump. Polinsky explains why Mexicans have taken to his character at a time when the two countries are at odds over President Trump’s plan to build a border wall.

Video filmed and edited by Natasha Pizzey, co-produced with James Fredrick.

Are Women Less Corrupt? – BBC

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Mexican traffic police is turning to a women-only policy, because they regard women as less corrupt than men. Five years ago, authorities got rid of every man and decided only women should do the job. As part of the BBC’s 100 Women season, we spoke to Transit Police officer Judith Morales Garduno and her colleague Rosa Baeza Pena about fines, bribes, and women on duty.

See the full story with Katy Watson here.

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.

Mexican Cinema Struggles at Home – the FT

Reporting, producing, filming and editing for the FT. 
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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