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Festival year: 2013

On the road with experienced journalist Sergio Haro from the Mexican magazine Zeta. Risking his own life, the reporter of the Mexican weekly magazine tirelessly fights corruption and the drug cartels.


The lives of the Zeta reporters are in danger, but they're committed to investigative journalism and determined to uncover the truth. It's their way of honoring the legacy of Jesús Blancornelas, who started the magazine 30 years ago. Several Zeta employees have been murdered since then, and Blancornelas himself was the target of an attack on November 27, 1997 in which he was badly injured. At a balanced pace, interviews, reports, archive footage and news items draw the viewer into life and work at Zeta. The magazine is printed in the United States, because ‘it guarantees our freedom of expression. Zeta helped bring freedom of expression to [the Mexican state of] Baja California’. So they publish the clearly fake passport photos of dozens of corrupt civil servants, or uncover crucial information about a leaked video of a tortured drug baron. But the road to real change is a long and bloody one.


United States, Mexico 2012, 72 min.


Spoken language: English, Spanish

Subtitles: English

Official website:


Quiet Pictures

212 380 6890

World sales:

Quiet Pictures

212 380 6890

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When & where?

  • 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

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journalism, media & propaganda
political killings & disappearances
politics & democracy
human rights defenders & organizations (A Matter of ACT)
drugs, drug addiction, drug trafficking
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