NZTV Premiere: Discovery Atlas – Mexico Revealed
Discovery Channel – Sunday 4 November, 7.30pm
Born in the wake of empire, conquest and revolution, Mexico is now the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world. Mexico City, its capital, is the second largest city after Tokyo, bursting with 20 million people and rivalling the whole of Australia in terms of numbers. While Mexico is surrounded by 9,600 kilometres of coastline, up in the north, Mexico rubs shoulders with the world’s mightiest superpower along 3,100 kilometres of shared borders. This is a crossroads for migrants seeking work in America who send 20 billion US dollars a year back to Mexico, fuelling the country with its second largest revenue stream. Home to the New World’s largest Catholic church and diocese, 90% of Mexicans call themselves Catholic. Yet nothing can be less orthodox than rituals celebrating Day of the Dead, or spectacles honouring the patron saint of the country, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Deep in the heartland, the largest indigenous community in the Americas practice rituals that hearken back to ancient Mayan beliefs. From the famous single cry, ‘Viva Mexico!’ that sweeps the country every Independence Day, to the spectacle and pageantry summoned by reverence for the Virgin of Guadalupe, DISCOVERY ATLAS: Mexico Revealed is a journey into the heart of the ancient and the modern, the restless and the pristine.