The Cineclub Bizalú:1 Insurgent Imaginaries, managed by Mariana Botey, Salvador Amores, and Pablo Escoto Luna, is the film cycle of the Mexican Pavilion at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2023. It is held weekly, from June to November, and is projected on Radio Nopal, the alternate venue of the pavilion in Mexico City. The selection covers nearly a century of Mexican cinema dealing, from distinct historical, ethical and political standpoints, with the conceptual power of insurgency.
The 25 films selected for the this cycle deploy a multiplicity of registers, ideologies and formal tactics, beginning with the Cardenista rhetoric of the foundational classics, passing through the forgotten documentaries made with various indigenous communities by the National Indigenous Institute—the production of which concluded with the first Indigenous Cinema Workshop—and ending up, finally, in the present wave of experimental cinema that seeks to reconfigure the idea of the nation and with cinema produced by filmmakers from indigenous communities that reformulates how the nationality is represented. The selection traces out a transhistorical itinerary through distinct iterations of insurgency in Mexico and draws an audiovisual atlas of revolutionary sentiment and its many mutations. Insurgency presents itself, in the end, as one of the principal motors for rewriting the history of Mexican cinema and as a potential propellant for imagining the future.
‘Bean Eye’ in the Zapoteco language ↩︎