The Boxer (2000)

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The sixth programme in a thirty part series which tackles complex issues of globalisation and growing inequality. Tells the story of Luis Rodriguez, a 27 year-old man from the remote peasant village of Sierra de Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, an area where families are numerous and the land is scarce and arid. Like most of the local people, Luis' parents are Mixtecos Indians who survive by growing corn and selling jelly at the weekly local market. Inspired by classic movies of Mexican boxing heroes, Luis is training to become a famous boxing champion in the United States, seeing this as a possible route out of his own and his family's poverty. The programme follows him as he travels north to the Mexican border, joining other migrants determined to outwit the US frontier guards and scale the wall to the New World to realise their dreams.

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