Join us for the rare opportunity to see two classic Mexican films screened in our auditorium, Los de Abajo (1976) and Cuartelazo (1977), both of which acknowledge Día de la Revolución (marked each year on 20 November).
Learn more about the important history and unprecedented times that shaped modern Mexico. Programmed as part of Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Life and Art in Modern Mexico, these films will deepen your understanding of the vast changes and cultural shifts shaping the Mexico in which painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived.
These two films are in Spanish. Cuartelazo has English subtitles but there are no subtitles for Los de Abajo – a great opportunity to test your Spanish!
Due to some violence and nudity, these films are restricted to ages 18 years and over. Please note, exhibition entry is not included in your event ticket - click here for exhibition tickets
The exhibition is organised by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura. It is proudly supported by Craigs, AUT, as well as Omnigraphics, with special thanks to the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation.
11am — 3pm
- Free - bookings essential | Exhibition admission additional
Los de Abajo
11am – 1pm, Spanish, no subtitles
Historia del campesino Demetrio Macías y sus seguidores durante la Revolución Mexicana. Demetrio es asaltado por los federales, así que se va a la sierra y reúne a un grupo de 25 forajidos que emboscan a otros federales. En el camino se les une Luis médico y desertor federal, quien atiende a Demetrio cuando éste es herido, le habla de los ideales de la Revolución y lo convence de unirse al general Natera. Demetrio y su gente participan en el ataque a Zacatecas; asaltan casas de aristócratas y cometen atrocidades igual que sus oponentes. Después de un tiempo Luis deserta y Demetrio sigue en la lucha hasta que, con sus fuerzas disminuidas, pasa por donde emboscaron por primera vez a los federales, siendo acribillados por estos.
The story of peasant Demetrio Macias and his followers during the Mexican Revolution. Demetrio is assaulted by the Federals, so he goes to the mountains and gathers a group of 25 outlaws who ambush other Federals. On the way they are joined by Luis, a doctor and federal deserter, who attends to Demetrio when he is wounded, talks to him about the ideals of the Revolution and convinces him to join General Natera. Demetrio and his people participate in the attack on Zacatecas; they assault the houses of aristocrats and commit atrocities just like their opponents. After some time, Luis deserts but Demetrio continues in the fight until, with his forces diminished, he passes through where the Federals were ambushed for the first time, and is shot at.