2001. Mexico. Dir: Alfonso Cuarón. With Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna. 106 min. 35mm print.
It’s the sexiest Spanish-language film about a summertime road trip ménage a? trois you’ll ever see! Two teen male friends and a mysterious older woman journey across the Mexican countryside in search of fun, freedom, and a better understanding of themselves and their place in the world.
2014. Mexico. Dir: Alonso Ruizpalacios. Sebastián Aguirre. 106 min.
Against the backdrop of the 1999 UNAM student strike, three teens embark on a quest across Mexico City to find their childhood idol, the elusive rock star Epigmenio Cruz. On the way, they ecounter drunken hoodlums, anarchists, lost loves, and a renewed sense of self. Ruizpalacios simultaneously mocks and celebrates Mexican art-house cinema to a hilarious effect.
Sometimes, feeling good is all about comparing yourself to the right peer group. I may be dumb, but at least I’m not gonna do something cool this summer, like these losers:
Still looking for something to do this summer? Look no further. A diverse group of people, mostly but not entirely Wesleyan students, will be heading to Mexico for a 6 week tour de force of innovative social theory in practice, accompanied by intellectual/activist Gustavo Esteva. Esteva was inspired to organize the trip after receiving such a wonderful response from Wesleyan during his lecture series here this February. We will be meeting people effectively creating radical social change, exploring ecological living (including urban agriculture), staying with Mexican families, and time will be reserved for independent study. We will be hosted by cooperatives, communities participating in ongoing occupations of land, and the Zapatistas, among others. Knowledge of Spanish is not required – some people already committed to going do not speak Spanish yet – and learning Spanish will in fact be part of the trip. This is an incredible chance to be students of revolutionary ways of living and constructing society, organized and accompanied by an excellent person to do so (Gustavo Esteva). Please contact Emily Gershen ’12 at emilygershen(!)gmail(!!)com for more info–AND SOON! Time is running out to commit to going.
Date: Tomorrow, Summer ’12 Time: Presented in 24-hour cycles Place: Um. Mexico. Cost: Inquire for details!