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Canoa: A Shameful Memory

Street Date:
March 14th, 2017
Movie Release Year:
1976
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
115 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Adventure, Crime, Drama

Starring:

Enrique Lucero, Salvador Sánchez, Ernesto Gómez Cruz

Director:

Felipe Cazals

Plot Synopsis:

One of Mexico’s best-regarded works of political cinema, Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines a real-life incident that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the village of San Miguel de Canoa, who had been manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were communist revolutionaries. Intercutting footage from a fictional documentary about the village with gruesome scenes of the crime itself, director Felipe Cazals produced a daring commentary on the climate of violence and repression in Mexico during that era, including the military’s infamous massacre of demonstrating students in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. With its gritty newsreel style, Canoa is a visceral expression of horror as well as an important historical document.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.85:1

Audio Formats

  • Spanish LPCM Mono

Subtitles/Captions

  • English

Supplements

  • New introduction by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
  • New conversation between filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and Cazals
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Fernanda Solórzano