Movie Cameras Are Rolling Again...With Some Help From The State

Ernesto Rimoch is filming scenes of his new urban drama at La Maraka, a scruffy dance hall in Mexico City. The camera scans the background, where extras whirl under a glittering disco ball. Then it moves in on the leading lady and her older date. After four takes, Rimoch is done, and the lanky, bespectacled film producer and director, president of the independent producers' association, sits down to talk about the newly vibrant Mexican film scene. "In three or five years, we'll look back on this moment as a watershed," says Rimoch, 48. "A whole series of things are coming together that will allow this little movie-making boom to become permanent."

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