In various parts of the world, different governments have implemented a policy of participatory budgeting and citizen participation to improve living conditions in large cities.
In Mexico City, the main cosmopolitan city of Latin America, the implementation of these two public policies has not led to an improvement or resolution of problems identified by those who inhabit it.
Excessive bureaucracy, corruption, strengthening of distrust and the distance that separates inhabitants from those who say they govern them. These have been some of the difficulties of the participatory budget and the legislation of citizen participation.
However, there remain popular organizational expressions that directly question the structures of government and demonstrate in practice that to solve problems or meet demands, the main thing is the will and not the resources.
In the context of a new administration of the Mexican capital, academics, militants of a movement in defense of water and citizens who have decided to participate for a common good discuss these issues.
Idea original y dirección / Original idea and film direction: Heriberto Paredes
Edición y montaje / Edition and assembly: Daniela Gar
Special thanks to Virginie Martin-Onraët and Corey Chao for the advice, management and support at all times for the realization of this short documentary, without whose effort would not have been possible.
This film was made possible in part by the Stories with Impact fellowship from Reboot
This is a project Daughter #2 has been heavily involved for several months in coordination with Reboot a very active NGO. It is now complete with the release of the short documentary above. For the non-Spanish speakers, there are full English subtitles! 🙂
Do click above, you will learn things about Mexico you had never imagined. Happy Easter.