Mexico: “Fraud Flick Debuts”

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“Fraud in Mexico, 2006: Dare to see the truth.”

Estrenan en México documental que denuncia fraude en las elecciones presidenciales de 2006: El Mercúrio (Chile) notes the debut of Luis Mandoki’s Fraude, a documentary about the 2006 Mexican elections — during which political consultant Dick Morris worked for the PAN political party. See

MÉXICO.- A un año de que ocurrieran las últimas y controvertidas elecciones presidenciales en México, sus dudas y claroscuros siguen siendo tema en ese país. Tanto como para el cineasta local Luis Mandoki se embarcara en una aventura cuyo título deja en claro la tesis: “Fraude. México 2006”.

One year after the last, controversial presidential elections in Mexico, its doubts and uncertainties remain a topic of discussion in this country. So much so that Mexican filmmaker embarked on an adventure whose title makes his thesis clear: “Fraud: Mexico 2006.”

Según el director, la cinta “se trata sobre defender nuestra democracia” y niega que sea una defensa del ex candidato presidencial Andrés Manuel López Obrador, derrotado en esa ocasión.

According to the director, the film “has to do with defending our democracy,” and denies it is a defense of former presidential candidate López Obrador, who lost the election.

“Es una película sobre la democracia, y entonces yo creo que a todos los mexicanos, de cualquiera ideología, le interesa”, indicó al anunciar que el próximo viernes el film será estrenado en salas.

“This is a film about democracy, so I think that all Mexicans, of all ideologies, will be interested,” he said, upon announcing that the film will debut in theaters on Thursday.

La producción muestra hechos y opiniones sobre cómo transcurrió el proceso electoral para elegir presidente en México en julio de 2006, en comicios que finalmente ganó Felipe Calderón sobre López Obrador por 0.56 puntos porcentuales.

The production shows facts and opinions on how the presidential campaign in July 2006 went down, in an eletion ultimately won by Calderón by a margin of 0.56 percentage points.

El escrutinio de los votos fue impugnado por López Obrador, por lo que el tribunal electoral, tras admitir la demanda, recontó un alto número de sufragios, lo que llevó a recortar la diferencia a favor del ganador, puesto que finalmente quedó en manos de Calderón, pese a que la sentencia reconoció un alto número de anomalías.

The vote count was challenge by López Obrador, for which reason the elections tribunal, after accepting the complaint, recounted a large number of votes, which cut the difference in favor of the winner, but left the victory with Calderón in the end, despite the fact that the ruling recognized a large number of anomalies.

This is sort of a comic-book version of events.

You might actually call the number of votes recounted quite small, for example.

In any event, to avoid such fuzzy characterizations, tell your reader what percentage of polling places were recounted.  The losing coalition demanded that every single vote be recounted, nationwide.

Gran parte del material fue filmado por anónimos mexicanos que ese día simplemente sacaron sus cámaras y comenzaron a grabar, material que fue llegando progresivamente a manos de Mandoki. Por el proyecto, el director firmó un contrato de distribución con Warner y Televisa, compañías que luego lo desestimaron, en una actitud que el realizador consideró censura. Ello lo llevó además, a decidirse por el “financiamiento popular”, abriendo una cuenta bancaria en la que recibió donaciones de la gente.

A good part of the material in the film was shot by anonymous Mexicans who simply took out their cameras on that day and started recording, material that gradually started arriving into Mandoki’s hands. For the project, the director signed a distribution contract with Warner and Televisa, but those companies later rejected the project, in an attitude that he considered an act of censorship. He carried the project forward, opting for “popular financing,” opening a bank account into which people could deposit donations.

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