Map of Mexican Dreams
Sat 22 January 2022
A programme of short films showing the colours, landscapes, and radical contrasts of Mexico.
A fascinating country that has preserved its magical, mythical past – a past that is meant to clash with today's modernity (from capitalism to the arrival of cutting-edge technology), but instead they seem to co-exist in perfect harmony, resulting in a surrealist experience. Even Salvador Dalí, as he was leaving Mexico, said, “I can’t stand to be in a country that is more surrealist than my paintings”.
And for all its contrasts, it is Mexico's power of oscillation and mediation between life and death which makes it such a fascinating country. Let us take you on a spiritual ride to discover the mastery of Mexican storytellers. From the cities to the rural southern Chiapas, from naturalistic human rights documentaries to hyper surrealist animated films. All these films showcase a unique talent of Mexican filmmakers to tell stories where gods, flowers, violence, dreams, rainforests, non-binary skaters, and poetry blend in perfect harmony.
There will be content warnings before specific films. The programme contains flashing lights and discussion of a massacre where indigenous people were killed by paramilitaries.
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Standard ticket - £8:
- I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic needs
- I may have some debt but it doesn’t prohibit attainment of basic needs
- I can afford an annual holiday or take time off
- I can afford public and private transport. If I have a car/access to a car I can afford petrol.
- I have access to financial savings.
- I have an expendable income
- I can always buy new items
I can only pay £5:
- I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them
- I am able to buy some new items and I buy others second-hand
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- I am employed
- I might have access to financial savings
- I can take a holiday annually or every few years without financial burden.
8:00pm — 10:00pm
Booking fee: 10 percent booking fee
Films in Spanish, Mixteco, Nahuatl, Tzotzil; subtitled in English (fully closed-captioned).