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LA PASION DE MARIA ELENA

MERCEDES MONCADA RODRIGUEZ

Mexico / 2003 / 76'

In August 1999, a child was knocked down by a car in the town of Creel in Mexico. His young twenty-four old mother, Mari Elena, distraught with grief, decided to leave the small Raramuri Indian community and move to the town. When the driver, a white mestizo, refused to admit his guilt, Maria Elena appealed to both the Mexican law and the Raramuri one, but she immediately came up against strong prejudices. The official trial highlighted the favouritism of the Mexican authorities towards the mestizoes. At the same time, Maria Elena was repudiated by the Indians who thought she was wrong to have left her husband and dress in an untraditional way, and she was blamed for the death of her son.

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MERCEDES MONCADA RODRIGUEZ