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Isabel Hilton reports on the emergence of a vibrant new culture in Mexico.
The arrival of a new president, Vicente Fox, after 71 years of one-party rule heralded a wave of optimism and euphoria throughout Mexico.
Fox believes that Mexican culture has an important role in selling the country abroad and uniting the people at home, under the giant shadow of its northern neighbour.
But, as Mexico searches for genuine democracy for the very first time, what is the new significance of its ancient cultural history? Meeting writers, priests, politicians and Indian artists, Isabel Hilton explores the layered cultural identity of modern Mexico and asks how Mexican literature, cinema, history and religion are to be used in the re-branding of an historic state.