For the 50th anniversary of the Tlatelolco Student Massacre, Catedra Ingmar Bergman at UNAM (the National Autonomous University of Mexico), in association with the Filmoteca UNAM, And DocsMX, collaborated to produce a remarkable cinematic monument to those terrible events. The resulting film - in 9 parts - is called TODAY WAS A SUNNY DAY.
We are thrilled to present these stunning cinematic tributes. Each week, Now! will publish a new chapter.
As Mexico City prepared to host the 1968 Olympic games, student activism exploded onto the streets. They demanded expanded democratic freedoms, and an end to endemic corruption and impunity. Paramilitary forces, under direction from the military and the ruling PRI party, opened fire on a mass demonstration at the Plaza of the Three Cultures - Tlatelolco. What ensued was one of the worst massacres of students in Latin American history. Dozens or perhaps hundreds of students were simply disappeared. Their families were often too terrified even to come forward. The final death toll remains highly contested and unknown.
CHAPTER 3. Cannon Fodder by Susana Conejo Ruiz and Andrea Fuentes Charles
CHAPTER 2. 68-18 - AMBER KNIFE by Brenda Vanessa Villegas L0pez
CHAPTER 1. BLACK BRIGADES by Macarena Hernández Abreu + Arian Sánchez Covisa
Macarena Hernández Abreu: Born in Mexico, director, cinematographer and editor. She studied graphic design at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (FAD) and photography at Escuela Activa de Fotografía. In 2012 she started her studies at Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (ENAC) where she is currently finishing her graduate film - A Day to Keep Silent. https://vimeo.com/macarenahernandezabreu
Arian Sánchez Covisa: Born in Mexico, director and cinematographer. He attended Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (ENAC) from 2005 to 2012. He also attended workshops with filmmakers such as Kelly Richardt, Harun Farocki, and Travis Wilkerson. His work has been selected in festivals such as Ficunam, Morelia and DocsMx. Currently he is developing his debut feature: Invisible Brigades. https://vimeo.com/ariansanchez