Director says Mexicans being 'hunted down' in Arizona
Mexicans are being hunted down and killed under Arizona's new immigration law, Mexican director Felipe Cazals said Friday as his latest work opened the San Sebastian film festival.
"With the Americans we will always be neighbours, sometimes we will be partners but we will never be friends, and if you don't think so just look at what is happening in Arizona," the 73-year-old film-maker told AFP.
"Today Mexicans are persecuted, harassed, hunted down and assassinated in Arizona because of the colour of their skin.
"It is one thing to be an undocumented Mexican, another to be a member of Al Qaeda or a drug trafficker. But to be persecuted for nothing more than the colour of your skin because you don't have papers, that is pure fascism."
The law passed in April by Arizona, one of four US states which borders Mexico, makes it a state crime to lack proper immigration papers and requires police to determine whether people are in the United States illegally.
A federal judge temporarily blocked some of its provisions just before the law was due to take effect at the end of July.
The Arizona law has drawn protests from Mexican President Felipe Calderon that resonate throughout Latin America, source of the vast majority of the estimated 10.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
Cazals's new film "Chicogrande" depicts Mexican general Pancho Villa's invasion of New Mexico and the subsequent punitive expedition launched by US troops against the rebel leader.
It is one of 15 movies in the race for the festival's Golden Shell for best film.
The 58th San Sebastian festival, the oldest and most prestigious event of its kind in the Spanish speaking world, wraps up on September 25.
© 2010 AFP