We are pleased to announce that REPORTERO is now available on DVD through PBS Home Video.
Beginning January 28th, the film streams online for one month on pov.org
And we are very pleased to announce that REPORTERO has been nominated for “Best U.S. Latino Film” by Cinema Tropical alongside some great fiction and documentary nominees. The film recently screened in Mexico City, Vienna and Mumbai.
The film “paints an unfiltered portrait of the state of journalism on the Mexican side of the U.S.-‐ Mexico border…celebrat[ing] the lives of those working so hard to secure their freedom of the press.”
“Astounding . . . . Reportero held audiences spellbound as it explored the importance in continuing the fight to report the truth, no matter the cost. . . . A smart and cohesive wakeup call for the world of the importance of freedom of speech in the news-‐gathering business.”
—Lori Huck, Yahoo! News
“[A] Potent documentary…making one squirm in wonder. ‘In the same circumstances what would I do” Could I be a tenth this brave?” This important film…shouldn’t be missed.”
At 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, UTSA will offer a free screening of “Reportero,” a documentary produced by Mexican-born filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz. The documentary follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for news media. In Mexico, more than 50 journalists have been killed or vanished since December 2006, when former President Felipe Calderon came to power and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups.
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, Dallas Morning News Mexico correspondent Alfredo Corchado will read from his new book, “Midnight in Mexico, a Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.” The book recounts how Corchado witnessed and recorded the rise of the Narco War, even as his life was threatened. The book offers a charismatic testimonio of Corchado’s compromiso as a Mexican-born American journalist reporting on his “other” homeland.
Each event will be preceded by a 6:15 p.m. reception that is free and open to the public. Following each seminar, John Phillip Santos, UTSA Honors College Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies, will interview each journalist. A question-and-answer session will follow. The Nov. 11 event will be in UTSA’s Buena Vista Theater. The Nov. 12 event will be in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria. Both events are at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
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Reportero will screen as part of a day-long symposium with noted journalists, advocates and academics who will discuss global trends in press freedom at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. A Q&A with filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz will follow the screening.
Among the speakers will be Mexican journalist Marcela Turati, who writes for the newsmagazine Proceso.
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We are very pleased to announce that REPORTERO has been nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY in the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) Feature Documentary Category!
Out of 267 films from 84 countries, the pre-selection committee nominated 30 films for SIMA 2013. “These films stood out in their creative approach to impact storytelling, their potential to inspire awareness, compassion and social transformation, and ignite a deeper understanding of how global issues affect the everyday lives of people and societies around the world,” writes SIMA.
REPORTERO is headed to the Netherlands for the Movies that Matter Festival, taking place in the international “city of peace and justice”. Movies that Matter is the Netherlands’ main platform for engaged cinema, with dozens of documentaries addressing issues of human rights, human dignity and international conflict. Through screenings, debates and public dialogue, audience members interact directly with human rights defenders, film makers, politicians and journalists.
We are very pleased that Director Bernardo Ruiz and Journalist Sergio Haro will be present for all three screenings in The Hague.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 – 15:00
Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 3
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 15:00
Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 6
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 19:00
Theater aan het Spui 2, The Hague
On Wednesday, March 6th, George Mason University’s Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series presents Reportero at the Johnson Center Cinema. The screening starts at 4:30pm. Director Bernardo Ruiz will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. The event is free and open to the public. More information on the event can be found here: http://fams.gmu.edu/events/3083
What does the death of newspapers mean for holding powerful institutions accountable?
Director of Reportero, Bernardo Ruiz, participated with Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis and investigative journalist Carrie Lozano in a thought-provoking discussion about who will become the guardian of democracy in this fluctuating technological age. This is the first program in the “Searching for Democracy” series from the University of California Humanities Department in coordination with Zócalo Public Square.
CUNY TV’s Independent Sources engages journalists from New York’s “ethnic and mainstream media in an insightful discussion of stories covered by ethnic newspapers, TV and radio stations and websites.” The interview with ‘Reportero’ Director Bernardo Ruiz begins at 13:00.
The Frontline Club opened its doors in 2003 to honor members of the Frontline News Television agency who died pursuing their work. According to FC’s site, the club “exists to promote freedom of expression and support journalists, cameramen and photographers who risk their lives in the course of their work.”
On Thursday, February 7th, 2013, journalist Sergio Haro presented his book “No Se Olviden de Nosotros” or “Don’t Forget About Us”, which gathers select reporting from his nearly 30 years of reporting on the California-Mexico border. Presented at the art space Mexicali Rose, Haro, reflected on his decades-long career and the need to focus on stories that are neglected by bigger news outlets.