Victor Hugo Duran


This Student Film Hopes to Smash Stereotypes About Mexican Youth

Mexico's more than crime, drugs, and coyotes taking people across the border. A grad student's film hopes to show the side of youth eager to dream.


Thanks to the media, your view of Mexico is probably full of stereotypes: crime, gangs, drugs, and people handing cash over to coyotes who will take them across the border into the United States in search of a better life. As a graduate film student at Columbia University, I'm taking on those stereotypes and using my thesis film, Victoria, Gto, to tell the story of another Mexico that's often overlooked. It's a side that I feel strongly needs more recognition—that of a country filled with hard working and humble people who have the same hopes and dreams as anyone else.

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