MEXICO: A portrait of the courageous and tenacious Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui

Carmen Gray
Freelance film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: November 22, 2019

Radio Silence

Juliana Fanjul

Philippe CoeytauxNicolas Wadimoff

Switzerland, Mexico

«Ethics are a tree that bears useless fruit.» It’s a phrase used in Mexican director Julian Fanjul’s latest documentary Radio Silence to sum up the popular philosophy of corrupt opportunism and entrenched amorality that is institutionalised in her home country at every level of society. It’s a disease of thought so pervasive in that those who give their lives in opposition stand out all the more for their integrity and courage. Carmen Aristegui is one such figure and the focus of the film. The Mexican journalist and radio host is a leading media voice in the fight against a prevailing climate of fear that has been imposed by the powerful to silence any resistance to foul play. Even mortified citizens see little hope for any good coming from speaking out about injustices, in a nation where murders are commonly committed with impunity, and where law enforcement is often complicit.

Inconvenient truths

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