We’re at it again! Beginning June 1st, ProjectExplorer.org will begin production on its fourth student-focused educational series focusing on Mexico.
From grasshopper harvesting and innovative cuisine in Oaxaca, to the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, and from the mangroves of Celestun wildlife refuge, to Xochimilco (the Venice of Mexico), the series will celebrate many aspects of Mexican life and culture.
Production is planned for Mexico City, Oaxaca, and the Yucatán Peninsula where we will capture footage for 50 to 60 video segments, several hundred images, and create dozens of multi-subject lesson plans.
Piedra del Sol at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
So, why Mexico? Reason #1: Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language. An introduction to the language and its native speakers is both culturally and economically significant.
Reason #2: Mexico’s indigenous cultures provide the perfect platform from which to explore the heritage of more than 39 million Hispanics currently living in the US.
Reason #3:This program aims to create a forum for young people to better educate themselves on the country and its people - one that extends beyond the heightened media coverage.
Mexico series director, Jenny M Buccos, recently spent 10-days scouting the best spots to share with our young audience, and captured a few sneak-peak videos like the one above along the way. The project crew is already elbow-deep in research spanning Pre-Columbian times to the modern-day, and are working on some pre-production interviews in NYC to round out the series.
Want to be part of our series? We are looking to interview people age 12-30 on their views of Mexico, immigration, and the border fence. If you are in the NYC-area and interested in being our video series, please email us.
The Mexico program is made possible by the Mexico Tourism Board, AeroMexico, and a grant from Chartis Insurance.
The series will be classroom-ready in October 2010.