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By Taylor Holland, March 16, 2007, Screens

¡Ya Basta!

D: Ricardo Ainslie

It's been said that everyone in Mexico knows someone who's been kidnapped, and as the current world No. 1 in forced abductions (clocking a solid 10 per day), it stands to reason. ÁYa Basta! ("Enough!") serves up this tenuous situation family style, as numerous firsthand accounts from terrorized victims and their relatives are doled out one helping at a time. In one tale, a businessman on a commute gets jumped by a gang. The hellions demand ransom from the family. When it isn't met, they sever his fingers and leave them in a plastic bottle on the side of the "highway to Pachuca." Ouch. Meanwhile, the captors watch Mexican soap operas while he's sitting there blindfolded. Double ouch. Sound grim? Sí. But this hombre survived, güey – sans three fingers on his southpaw. Triple ouch. In sum, the question is, what can be done to remedy the epidemic? Most kidnappers are young, poor, and/or unemployed, resorting to crime in order to solve their economic hardship. Local police are often directly involved in the abductions, taking a cut of the proceeds as the crime itself goes uninvestigated. The strength of this piece is its documentation of a hysterical crisis point. However, it leaves the viewer with a broader, unanswered question at the root of the problem: How can poverty and corruption be curbed in Latin America?

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