UPDATE, April 18: The original video that got over 2 million views on YouTube got removed by the user (NMF) but here is the same video on on another channel:
An organization called Nuestro México del Futuro has achieved a social viral sensation with a powerful video depicting Mexican children acting out scenes of a corrupt nation and then demanding the the country's politicians wake up to create a better vision for the country's future.
As of tonight, the video, which was released this Monday, has gained over 2 million views on YouTube.
The video's viral explosion is starting to hit the United States and is already being covered by major outlets like NPR.
As part of its video campaign, Our Mexico of the Future is calling for Mexican citizens to contribute their ideas about how to solve their nation's problems. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 10.5 million people had submitted their ideas, according to the group's website.
The group plans to compile the ideas into a book, which it will then present to candidates in Mexico's 2012 presidential election.
Writing at CNN, Mariano Castillo says that some of the leading candidates have seen the video:
"Vazquez Mota, of the ruling National Action Party, said the video's message can't go unnoticed, while Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Pena Nieto expressed that now is the time for change, as the video suggests."
"Leftist candidate Lopez Obrador, of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, had not seen the video, but said he agreed with the theme of change."
In a behind-the-scenes video posted by the group, the child actors who participated in the mockumentary discuss their own ideas for Mexico's future.
As for who is behind the video? Well, Mexicn blogs are already questioning it, a la Kony2012. Here is a post in Spanish that explains that this social movement is being privately funded by a group headed up by billionaire miner Alberto Bailleres.
[…] video of children urging for a better Mexico gets more than 2 million […]
[…] Last week, a powerful viral video from Mexico gained over 2 million views. The video depicted child actors depicting some of the country's most serious problems and demanding that Mexico's political parties start worrying about solving these problems instead of the status quo. Since this year is a presidential election year in Mexico, the video resonated with people, even though there were questions about its origins. […]