Programmed by Federico Rossin
Made with images shot before, during and after the 1968 student movement in Mexico, "Historia de un documento" traces the events that took place in Mexico in that emblematic and tragic year. Subsequently edited in the early 1970s in France, with the support of the ORTF, the film was not broadcasted at the time, and was censored by the Mexican and French governments. "Historia de un documento" shows above all the clandestine recordings made inside the Lecumberri prison in Mexico City, where the political prisoners were held (status not recognized by the Mexican government).
“We had to get the voices and images of these men out of the prison.”
“Historia de un documento” refers to a double gesture of politics and representation: on the one hand it succeeds in giving a body to those whom the violence of the state had decided to make disappear, that is to say the political prisoners who had been erased from the public sphere after the Tlatelolco Massacre: the political prisoners filmed by themselves. On the other hand, Menéndez coordinates the creation of a document that aims to have a revolutionary propelling force: the film circulates in a first version through clandestine screenings that took place in schools, trade unions, agricultural cooperatives. Proposing prison as a social whole and therefore as a true metonymy of Mexico, Menéndez and his militant collaborators manage to visualize the existence of resistance and an alternative life to the organization of this place of death.
Cinema historian, independent programmer