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Ciclo de Cine Documental

The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies is delighted to announce a new initiative in collaboration with Indocumentales, Cinema Tropical, What Moves You?, Trenza Films and FilmDu: Ciclo Documental: a Mexican Documentary Film Series. Highlighting the excellent documentary films produced in Mexico and too rarely screened in the United States, this series will begin with four screenings in four boroughs. Like all of our activities, the film series will mobilize spaces, colleagues and resources in different CUNY campuses. We are grateful to our colleagues at Brooklyn College, Queens College, College of Staten Island and John Jay College for hosting the first four films.

Would your campus like to host a screening? Just email us and let us know.

(film still, top, Los Que Se Quedan)

Upcoming Screenings:

Muxes: Authentic Intrepid Seekers of Danger, Alejandra Islas (105 minutes)




Queens College, Student Union Ballroom, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6-9 PM


(Javier Solórzano Casarin) is the story of Elvira Arellano, a Mexican woman working as a janitor at O'Hare International Airport. She was arrested and convicted of Social Security fraud. On the date she was ordered to appear before immigration authorities, she took refuge at a church where she remained for 12 months, fighting to remain in the United States. She ultimately was deported to Mexico in 2007 and separated from her American-born son. Elvira narrates the drama of the undocumented mother who became an international symbol of the struggle of the rights of undocumented workers.

John Jay College, L76, May 10, 2013 5:45-8:45 PM Followed by a discussion. Please register here for the screening.

Past Screenings:

Maria Sabina was the famous "curandera" or shaman from Huatla de Jimenez, in Oxaca Mexico that once introduced to the Mazatec Ritual several known musicians, actors and even businessman like J.P. Morgan, the famous bank holder. This documentary is particularly important as it tells with great detail, about the life of this enlightened woman, who dedicated her life to shamanism and introducing newcomers to the metaphysics fields throughpsilocybin entheogenic use.


Queens College

Los que se Quedan is about the families of eleven men, women, and children from different regions of Mexico who have crossed the border to the United States in search of better opportunities, the film beautifully explores the melancholy, memories and identity of those who remain and who continue to wait for their loved ones to return.

Brooklyn College

.56% Many will recall the news footage from Mexico in the summer of 2006, when dozens of politicians ripped into one another in parliament. This was the culmination of an exceptionally tumultuous presidential election campaign ending with the controversial candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador losing by only 0.56 percent to his opponent Felipe Calderón Hinojosa. This documentary begins with those moments of utter chaos before going back in time to analyze the events that led up to this explosive protest

College of Staten Island