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The courageous kids come to the FIL

In the first row of the cinema room are sitting a dozen blind children. They are waiting for the presentation of the documentary series We are Brave in the Inte

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The courageous kids come to the FIL

In the first row of the cinema room are sitting a dozen blind children. They are waiting for the presentation of the documentary series We are Brave in the International Book Fair of Guadalajara (FIL). The mexican journalist Lydia Cacho was about to greet and embrace them: they are the protagonists of one of the five episodes of its production, which has been dedicated to exploring the concerns of some children in different environments and face different problems in Mexico. The group comes from the school for blind children from Guadalajara and applaud when She presents them to the public as their guests of honor.

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The episode of Jalisco, which has been shown in the FIL, shows the way in which children perceive the world and how their environment has influenced their development in the face of their blindness. The discrimination and the cruelty of other people are reflected in their testimonies, to expose their resilience and hope in the future. “We want to reclaim the power that we [the mexicans] to rescue this country from the pain,” says Cacho to submit the short film to the public that filled the room Guillermo del Toro of the Cineteca of Guadalajara. “We want to break down the idea that heroism is exceptional,” adds Marcela Zendejas, producer of the series.

spectators have been impressed with the brief story that teaches a story little told of Holiganbet Guadalajara. The Hospicio Cabañas --home of the famous murals of Jose Clemente Orozco-- appears in the short film, but it is hardly the scenario where the blind children of the state of Jalisco that participate in the series, show a little bit about what you think and yearn for. “We chose the documentary because it has the possibility that you love the other and also urges action for change”, explains Zendejas on the production.

Zendejas, Cacho and Cloutier, during the presentation of the series. Anna Lakes

To chat with Cacho and Zendejas has joined Tatiana Cloutier, deputy of the Movement of Regeneration Nacional (Morena) and former coordinator of the campaign of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The legislator has pointed out that there are a few initiatives in the mexican Congress that would help improve the social conditions of people with disabilities. Cloutier has highlighted that in addition to the series reflects mexicans have decided to overcome their fears despite the fact that the problems of Mexico stand in their way. “What we are afraid of the human beings is to look to look to others. When we have fear of the "otherness" we are unable to communicate,” he said.

We are the Brave premiered in may and has since been distributed free of charge through the web somosvalientes.mx. Horn and Zendejas have recognized that some large distributors have been approached to promote their project, but have rejected the commercial offerings to continue displaying the project on the Internet. “We wanted everything the world had access to this material,” says Zendejas. The documentary series has been funded by Cacho with the resources that received the Award ALBA/ Puffin in 2016 for his activism in the defence of human rights. Until now, one million people have known the reality of mexican children in Sinaloa, Yucatan, Mexico City, Jalisco, and Chiapas.

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