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.
Rojo amanecer (Red dawn)
Thursday, May 15, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Jorge Fons, 1989, 96 min., DVD