Photo: FX's "The Bridge" Highlights Woes at the U.S.-Mexico Border
One of the aims of “The Bridge,” a new television series on the U.S. cable network FX, is to make viewers think about the woes of the U.S.-Mexico border region, the show’s co-star said here.
“Different issues that concern both countries are implicit in the drama and the story,” Mexican actor Demian Bichir told a press conference in this capital.
The series begins with the discovery of the dead, altered body of a controversial U.S. judge straddling the international boundary on the bridge that links El Paso, Texas, with the Mexican metropolis of Ciudad Juarez.
The first body is followed by others and it becomes apparent that a serial killer is operating on both sides of the border, forcing El Paso detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Mexican police officer Marco Ruiz (Bichir) to work together to solve the case.
Since the early 1990s, Juarez has been the scene of more than 700 mostly unsolved killings of women and girls.
“The fact that a series made in the United States talks about the deaths in Juarez is very interesting,” insisted Bichir, who was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in 2012.
The series makes it clear that people on the U.S. side of the border “are involved in the trafficking of human beings and undocumented workers at very high levels of government,” the 49-year-old actor said.