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September 5th, 2002
Cause for Murder
Introduction

Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press

About the Film

Recently Mexico was startled by the murders of two young women lawyers, one from the political right and the other from the left. Both had fought to support human rights and legitimate protest, and to destroy the official and institutional corruption that has plagued Mexico for years — a system of bribes, debts and favors that has prevented the world’s tenth-largest country from fulfilling its political and economic potential. The election of President Vicente Fox in 2000 ended more than 70 years of single-party rule. This film examines the hopes that a new dawn has come in Mexico’s history, and the fear that graft and corruption are immovable.

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