Amazon Prime Video and La Corriente del Golfo, Diego Luna y Gael García Bernal´s production company, are set to release their first collaboration. Named Pan y Circo (Bread & Circus), the Amazon Original series presents an innovative and rarely seen format: using the ritual of sharing a meal as a space to converse and bring together different points of view.

Moderated by the Mexican actor and filmmaker Diego Luna, the conversations bring together politicians, activists, and different personalities to approach fundamental issues of universal interest in contemporary societies, accompanied by menus from renowned chefs in Mexico. 

In its seven episodes, Pan y Circo travels through Baja California, Puebla, Quintana Roo, and Mexico City, bringing a different topic to the table to discuss among the guests and open the conversation about controversial issues in an intimate and honest context, bringing together opposing points of view and positions that on several occasions end up in closer agreement.

The series will cover themes that span from gender violence and femicide; the climate crisis; the decriminalization of abortion; racism and identity; the legalization of drugs; immigration to COVID-19 in a remote episode carried out while quarantining through various virtual interviews.

“Pan y Circo was born by trying to combine two of the things I enjoy doing most: eating and listening. The goal was to make a show about other people in every way - the other people who are guests on the show, other people who live realities different from mine, and other people who do not think like me. We listen to each other while sharing a meal, nothing more,” said Diego Luna, whose original idea spawned the series. “The table, in my life, has turned out to be the ideal place to debate, to reflect and share my worries and aspirations with others.”

“This series is as honest as it is incredibly entertaining, and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with Diego Luna to bring Pan y Circo to customers across Mexico and around the world,” said Amazon Studios series development lead, Javiera Balmaceda. “This is a fresh take on a series that creates a dialogue around some of the most important topics impacting society today, and we know Prime Video customers are going to love hearing from some of the leading names today in entertainment, politics, and gastronomy.”

The voices that fuel the conversations include national policymakers, Nobel Laureates, film, music or literature professionals, women and men of science, and even an astronaut. All of them talk, discuss, fight, and reconcile while sharing bread, wine, and their own experiences. Among the guests featured in Pan y Circo are Gael Garcia Bernal; the Interior Secretary of Mexico´s government, Olga Sánchez Cordero; Dr. Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion for the Government of Mexico; the former president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; actor Ana de la Reguera; musician and activist Rubén Albarrán; singer Li Saumet; the Mixe soprano Maria Reyna; Bi-National Front of Indigenous Organizations activist, Odilia Romero; and defender of the environment, Julia Caravias, among others.

Also, well known chefs like Enrique Olvera (Pujol), Elena Reygadas (Rosetta), Alexander Suastegui (Itinerant Chef), Javier Plascencia (Animalón), Jair Téllez (Merotoro) and Alejandra Barbabosa (Recaudo) will be cooking for the guests in each episodes.

The series premieres exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on August 7, 2020, and Prime Video customers in more than 200 countries and territories able to enjoy new episodes each week. Pan y Circo joins a growing list of popular and critically acclaimed local series, De Viaje con Los Derbez, El Presidente, Diablo Guardian, LOL: Last One Laughing, Un Extraño Enemigo, and El Juego de las Llaves, along with other successful Amazon Originals series worldwide, including Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Boys, Good Omens, Carnival Row and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.