The Unfinished Revolution: NET press release

Visible effects of Mexico’s “unfinished revolution” to be subject of eighth documentary in Intertel series

For release September 25, 1962

 

VISIBLE EFFECTS OF MEXICO’S “UNFINISHED REVOLUTION” TO BE SUBJECT OF EIGHTH DOCUMENTARY IN INTERTEL SERIES.

New York, September 25, 1962 — No longer revolting against economic feudalism and political dictatorship, Mexico is undergoing a rapid surge forward in every phase of national activity: economics, politics, agriculture, industry, education, health and housing. In the latest one-hour Intertel television documentary, Westinghouse Broadcasting Company and the National Educational Television and Radio Center examine this remarkable growth and term it “Unfinished Revolution.”

Intertel is a corporate non-profit organization founded last year to creatively implement the use of television as a medium to advance understanding of world problems. Its founding members are the Australian Broadcasting Commission; the Canadian Broadcasting Commission; Associated-Rediffusion, Ltd. of Great Britain, and representing the United States, WBC and NET.

“Unfinished Revolution” will first be seen in the United States beginning the week of October 8 on the five WBC television stations, on the 55 NET stations and on other outlets throughout the United States via syndication.

This eighth program in the Intertel series and the second to be co-produced by WBC and NET will reach about 42 million English-speaking people throughout the world and, in addition, will be seen in Central and South America, dubbed in Spanish and Portuguese.

Mexico, in the past 20 years, has taken a great step forward in dispelling the old economic and political patterns that frustrated her natural growth. With a stable government and a people eager to improve their lot, the nation has moved rapidly into the industrial, technical and scientific age of the second half of the 20th Century. A new agriculture and a new industry have emerged and with them a new working class, a new middle class and a new class of professionals, scientists, managers and technicians. Life has changed drastically at every level of Mexican society.

Problems remain: problems of growth and problems inherited from Mexico’s stormy past, as well as those of climate, geography, and the steadfast spectre of Communism. “Unfinished Revolution” deals with the meeting of these problems, of the strides that have been made and of the future plans of a nation with the most remarkable record of recent growth and accomplishment in Latin America.

Michael Sklar, Executive Producer and Writer of the program states, “Because the panorama in Mexico is so vast, our film concentrates on the visible effects of this ‘unfinished revolution’ in a few varied areas. We look at housing by examining a new project for industrial workers developed by the Mexican Social Security Institute. Industrial growth is explored through films of a major steel plant in which interviews with management and government personnel bring out the new status of the Mexican businessman, as well as the government’s role in the development and stabilization of industry. The burgeoning new middle class way of life is illustrated by a visit to a completely modern home well-stocked with the latest appliances. Religion and recreation in the new Mexico are examined through scenes at the Cathedral of Cuernevaca and the resort at the Casino de la Selva. Finally, we see one of the most eloquent proofs of Mexico’s peaceful revolution. University City, the national university bursting with a student body of 70,000.”

“Unfinished Revolution” portrays a vivid picture of Mexico’s strides toward a better world for her citizens by revealing some of the frustrations and unrealized objectives, as well as the remarkable achievements.

Michael Alexander is the Producer-Director of the Intertel program, Joseph Julian is the narrator and Carlos Carbajal, the cameraman. Special music score has been composed by Ross-Gaffney Company.

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