Film Series

Thursday, May 15, 2008
Rojo amanecer (Red dawn)

Part of Around '68

Date + Time

Thursday, May 15, 2008
6:30 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


Jorge Fons, 1989, 96 min., DVD

Set during the October 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre, just weeks before Mexico City was to host the Olympic Games, Rojo amanecer follows the lives of a middle-class Mexican family living in an apartment in the city's Tlatelolco district. Motivated by fear of radicalism (and backed by the CIA), President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz ordered the military occupation of the country's largest university to quell any signs of civil unrest. What resulted were indiscriminate beatings and shootings, with a body count that remains in dispute. Created out of witness and victim testimonials, Rojo amanecer offers a powerful look at late 1960s Mexico.

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general, students, and seniors; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Double features: films offered on the same date are included in one ticket. Tickets are available at SFMOMA (no surcharge) or online.

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