When 23-year-old Tin Dirdamal decided to make his first documentary, he had no film experience to speak of, yet he was itching to tell a story about the hardships of Central American immigrants. So he grabbed a camcorder, rounded up about $7,000 and started shooting. This year, his picture "No One" won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance for best documentary.
Much like many new Mexican directors, Dirdamal felt he had an important story to tell. All too often, he says, the most compelling stories about real people go untold in Mexican cinema.
That appears to be changing. After years of all but ignoring the nonfiction genre, the film industry here is showing growing interest in supporting these projects.
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