Sandra Rozental (Mexico City, 1979) has worked as a researcher, curator in museums of anthropology and popular culture, cultural journalist, film production assistant, and art critic. She received her doctorate in anthropology from New York University in 2012, and has published in journals and volumes on archaeological patrimony. This is her first film, and is based on nearly a decade of her ethnographic and archival research.
1964, the largest carved stone of
the Americas was moved from the town of San Miguel Cuatlinchan in the
municipality of Texcoco to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico
an impressive feat of engineering. The extraction of the monolith,
represents the pre-Hispanic water deity, set off a rebellion in the
led to the intervention of the army.
Today, the enormous stone, now upright, is an urban monument; it has been transformed into one of the principal icons of Mexican national identity. The inhabitants of Coatlinchan insist that the removal of the stone has caused droughts. Representations and replicas of the absent stone appear everywhere in Coatlinchan, where it resonates in the memories of the inhabitants. Using animations, archival materials and contemporary encounters with the protagonists of the transport of the stone, this documentary explores the relevance of the ruins of the past in the present day.
event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the
Department of Anthropology, and the Center for the Humanities and the
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
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