Mandoki Takes “Fraude” on the Road

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

“From the offices of the National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination, an independent federal agency, they are sending out e-mails urging people not to go and see the film,” the director said.

Llevarán a EE.UU. filme sobre supuesto fraude electoral en México (Terra, Spain): Mandoki’s much-maligned documentary coming to a mall cineplex near you? Or to the Film Forum, at least?

El documental ‘Fraude: México 2006’, que trata sobre los polémicos comicios presidenciales del año pasado, será llevado a Estados Unidos, anunció hoy el director de la obra, Luis Mandoki, quien además rechazó que haya recibido financiación del mandatario venezolano, Hugo Chávez.

The documentary film “Fraud: Mexico 2006,” which deals with the controversial Mexican presidential elections last year, will be shown in the United States, its director, Mandoki, announced today, while denying that the film had been financed by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.

The quality of the negative reviews the film has received — and they have been overwhelmingly negative — really makes me want to see it for myself. Pretty typical:

A brief comment, without vicious gabbling, from El Universal:

Somebody stick it up on BitTorrent, would you?

El cineasta comentó que a principios del próximo año llevará el documental a Estados Unidos, y que no sólo irá dirigido al público de origen mexicano, unos 20 millones, sino a todos los estadounidenses.

The director said he will take the film to the U.S. early next year, and that it will be directed not only at Mexican-Americans — some 20 million — but at all Americans.

‘Fraude’ trata sobre las presuntas irregularidades en las elecciones que en 2006 dieron el triunfo al presidente Felipe Calderón sobre el izquierdista Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Fraude deals with alleged irregularities in the 2006 elections in which Calderón defeated López.

Mandoki dijo que en 2008 Estados Unidos tendrá elecciones presidenciales, y que será interesante ver cómo tratan su documental pues también allá hubo un proceso electoral cuestionado en 2000.

Mandoki said the U.S. will have presidential elections in 2008 and it will be interesting to see how Americans received the film, since there a disputed election in the U.S. in 2000 as well.

It seems that some of the actors may have taken part in both, too, which is the possibility that interests me. See

Denunció que hay una campaña de descalificación contra su filme y aseguró que ha recibido muchos mensajes electrónicos en los que lo critican y uno en particular que dice que recibió dos millones de dólares de Chávez para producir el documental.

He charges that there is a slander campaign against his film and stated he received many e-mails that criticize it, and more specifically that charge that he got millions from Chávez to produce it.

Además ‘desde las oficinas del Consejo Nacional para Prevenir la Discriminación, organismo descentralizado del gobierno federal, se están enviando correos electrónicos induciendo a la gente a no ir a ver la película’, agregó el director.

Further, “from the offices of the National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination, an independent federal agency, they are sending out e-mails urging people not to go and see the film,” the director said.

Is that true?

There was a charge during the election that a cable ISP owned by the PRI governor of Sonora — he used to sit on the board of directors of the BVM — was filtering Web sites supporting the candidacy of Calderón’s opponent:

I never did see any follow-up on that issue.

On freedom of the press in Sonora, see also

The governor’s brother has been named by a federal cooperating witness — his former driver — as ordering a bunch of narco-sicários to do away with a nosy journalist.

And then having the sicários whacked, in turn, to cover his tracks.

Mandoki dijo que la cinta ha superado las expectativas más optimistas que tenían, pues hasta el miércoles había sido vista por 170.000 personas en 200 salas de diversas ciudades del país.

Mandoki said the film has exceeded his most optimistic expectations, because as of Wednesday it had been seen by 170,000 in 200 theaters in a number of Mexican cities.

‘Ha logrado recaudar en taquilla entre siete y ocho millones de pesos (650.000 y 730.000 dólares), la mitad de los 15 millones que se invirtieron en la producción’, agregó.

“It has taken in between 7 and 8 million pesos ($650,000 to $730,000), half of the 15 million pesos invested in the production,” he added.

Mexican authorities could settle the fraud charges once and for all by recounting the votes.

They have refused to do so.

They have bent over backwards to avoid doing so.

General Galván Galván made a point of saying publicly that the Mexican Army considers the results of the elections legitimate.

I give you $10 to buy me cigarettes.

You come back with the cigarettes, but no change.

“The cigarettes cost $10.”

“Do you have a receipt?”

“Trust me.”

“But it makes no sense! Cigarettes don’t cost $10.”

“I said trust me. And by the way, have you met my heavily armed buddy Vinnie here?”

That is pretty much what the situation looks like.

Mexico has been Putinized:

The true division in Russia today is not between reformers—democrats and retrograde Communists—but between networks who grabbed real assets using the state and those who feel they were deprived of their fair share. Political struggle is not between reformers and conservatives but between those who seized parts of the state for their own benefit and those who were left behind, striving for a place under the sun. The rule of law is as distant in Russia as it was seven years ago. Democracy is a propaganda ploy as it was in the days of Stalin. Behind the facade of democracy, no longer are there commissars and obkom secretaries, but networks of bankers, corrupt executives, bureaucrats, and mafia bosses. In the last seven years, Russia has made enormous strides toward creating a criminal corporatist oligarchy.

Vladimir Brovkin, “Fragmentation of Authority and Privatization of the State: From Gorbachev to Yeltsin” …

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At a Monterrey cineplex, Fraude is being shown — to full houses — but does not appear in the newspaper listings, local observers are reporting.

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