Video: Kids in Mexican Drug War Film Storm

By McCarton Ackerman 04/13/12

A "mockumentary" showing children in drug war scenes sends a potent message to Mexican presidential candidates.

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"If this is the future that awaits me,
I don't want it."

A video mockumentary that features children as kidnappers, corrupt cops and drug traffickers is stirred a raging drug war-related controversy in Mexico. Titled "Ninos Incomidos," or "Discomforting Kids," the four-minute film shows boys firing machine guns from huge SUV's and a kiddie-version of alleged drug lord Edgar Valdez being dragged off to an overcrowded jail by kiddie cops. It was funded by private companies and universities with the aim of sending a strong political message to the candidates in Mexico's July 1 presidential election: a little girl facing the camera declares: "If this is the future that awaits me, I don't want it. Enough of working for your political parties instead of for us. Enough of cosmetic changes." The video has won support on both sides of the political spectrum, including leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and conservative National Action Party candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota (from the same party as current president Felipe Calderon). But not everyone is happy. Congressman Miguel Angel Garcia Granados objects to the video's use of children and called on Calderon to ban it, while TV critic and newspaper columnist Alvaro Cueva brands the video manipulative, and a "very clear violation of the (electoral) law."

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