Program: The U.S. – Mexico Project (working title)
- Grantee Location: United States
- Focus Area: Building Binational Bridges
- Geographic Focus: Binational
- Amount: $25,000 USD
- Partners: Jamie Davila, The Independent Production Fund, Inc. and Clio TV
Statement of Purpose
A major prime-time television event providing perspective on the long and complicated relationship between Mexico and the United States over the past 150 years, a relationship marked by attraction and repulsion, war and alliance and anger and fascination. The project consists of two one-hour television specials, a customized interactive website and a major educational and community outreach campaign.
IPF has a commitment to bringing the history of the arts in Mexico and the United States to those in both populations who are generally unaware of how rich and diverse the cultures of their neighbor has truly been -- and to show how artistic creativity has created a bridge between the countries. Throughout the broadcasts, the project will explore not only the differences and similarities in attitudes and culture between the two nations, but also how prominent writers, artists, poets, and other cultural icons have connected people on both sides of the border.
Enrique Krauze, Clio TV, will provide content guidance, Mexican perspective and a rich background of experience in presenting US-Mexico issues on television and in print. Clio TV will also contribute significantly through the use of their production facilities and personnel in Mexico. IPF is also in the process of consulting historians from both the U.S. and Mexico. These include: Manuel Ceballos, Jorge Bustamante, Fernanda Solórzano, Christopher Michael Domínguez, Alicia Azuela, Roger Bartra, John Tutino and Andrés Reséndez.