2012, Bernardo Ruiz, USA/Mexico, 71 min.
Bernardo Ruiz in person!
One of the few Mexican media outlets that has dared to investigate the nation’s drug cartels, the independent newspaper Zeta pulls no punches, identifying criminals and corrupt politicians by name. REPORTERO profiles the career of a veteran reporter against the background of the paper’s hard-hitting history. Constantly in danger from retribution by organized crime, the dedicated staff throws freedom of the press in the very faces of drug lords, exposing hired thugs even as their editor-in-chief lies at death’s door from a hitman’s bullets, and another of their own is assassinated. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. HDCAM video. (BS)
Filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz will be present for audience discussion at both shows. He will be joined by Emma Daly, Communications Director for Human Rights Watch on Friday.