Part of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, featuring free screenings of provocative new features and documentaries paired with post-film discussions!
Screening venue: Quincie Douglas Branch Library, 1585 E. 36th Street
This program is made possible by the Tucson Pima Arts Council with additional funding from the Arizona Humanities Council and the UA School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
"A smart and cohesive wakeup call for the world of the importance of freedom of speech in the news-gathering business." - Los Angeles Film Festival
Reportero follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana, Mexico-based weekly, as they dauntingly ply their trade in what has become one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Since the paper's founding in 1980, two of the paper's editors have been murdered and the founder viciously attacked. "Impunity reigns in Mexico, especially here along the northern border," explains Adela Navarro, Sergio's boss and Zeta's co-director. Despite the attacks, the paper has continued its singular brand of aggressive investigative reporting, frequently tackling dangerous subjects that other publications avoid, such as cartels' infiltration of political circles and security forces. As a veteran member of Zeta's editorial team, Sergio contributes to the investigative crime pieces that are the paper's bread and butter, but at this stage of his career, he is also after what he calls the "deeper story" of the region—the human stories that tend to fall between the cracks.
(Bernardo Ruiz, 2011, Mexico/US, 72 min., Not Rated) HD Digital Presentation