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Canoa: A Shameful Memory

Spine #862

Mar 14, 2017

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Canoa: A Shameful Memory

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Directed By: Felipe Cazals
Licensor: Janus Films

One of Mexico’s most highly regarded works of political cinema for the audaciousness of its attack on the Catholic Church, Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines a real-life massacre that occurred in 1968, eight years before the film’s release, when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the isolated village of San Miguel de Canoa, who mistook them for communist revolutionaries. Intercutting depictions of the days in the workers’ lives leading up to their journey and footage from a fictional documentary about the village and the autocratic priest who governs it with the scenes of the atrocity itself, director Felipe Cazals (Las inocentes) creates a terrifying sense of menace, capped by a gruesome denouement. Adopting a gritty newsreel style, Canoa is a daring historical document and a visceral expression of horror.

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


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