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Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)

Canoa (original title)
A group of students arrives in a small town during a hiking expedition. Once there, the local priest accuses them of being communist agitators on the run from an army crack-down against ... See full summary »


Felipe Cazals


Tomás Pérez Turrent (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Lucero ... El señor cura
Salvador Sánchez ... El testigo
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Lucas García
Roberto Sosa Roberto Sosa ... Julián González Baez
Arturo Alegro Arturo Alegro ... Ramón Calvario Gutiérrez
Carlos Chávez Carlos Chávez ... Miguel Flores Cruz
Jaime Garza Jaime Garza ... Roberto Rojano Aguirre
Gerardo Vigil Gerardo Vigil ... Jesús Carrillo Sánchez
Rodrigo Puebla Rodrigo Puebla ... Pedro
Manuel Ojeda ... El que trata de detener el linchamiento
Malena Doria Malena Doria ... Ama de llaves del cura
Flor Trujillo Flor Trujillo ... Sobrina de Pedro
María de los Ángeles Rodríguez María de los Ángeles Rodríguez ... Sabina, sobrina de Pedro
Gastón Melo Gastón Melo ... El sacristán
Jorge Fegán Jorge Fegán ... Comandante


A group of students arrives in a small town during a hiking expedition. Once there, the local priest accuses them of being communist agitators on the run from an army crack-down against student demonstrations in nearby Mexico City and rallies the townsfolk to lynch them. Based on true facts occurred in the town of Canoa in 1968. Written by Salvador Monroy Ordaz <>comitan@df1.telmex.net.mx>

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Spanish | Nahuatl

Release Date:

4 March 1976 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Canoa: A Shameful Memory See more »

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Conacite Uno,S.T.P.C. See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Canoa : This classic by Mexican director Felipe Cazals is as relevant now as it was in 1976.
5 October 2014 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

For a knowledgeable viewer, there is no doubt that "Canoa" has become a major classic film due to various artistic as well as political reasons. It was one of the first films in the history of Mexican cinema to show that even history especially historical events can be given a fictional form. While watching "Canoa" one can easily understand how Christian religion especially catholic church was unjustly misused for one's personal gains.The use of a local character to narrate important facts and story works very well for "Canoa". A viewer is able to get detailed visual information of events which were responsible for horrible lynching of some youngsters by an irate mob. Authenticity seems to be this film's hallmark as viewers are likely to feel as if tragic events had taken place in their midst. For this reason, Felipe Cazals chose to depict important events through a time prism. Lastly, there are moments when a human body can withstand any amount of blows. One such moment was shown in Canoa when a doctor is utterly surprised to find a victim of violence in good shape. Director Felipe Cazals has always made films which have cast a poignant look at negative aspects of Mexican nation. His films need to be discovered by viewers if they wish to learn more about Mexican society. Hence, for this reason any effort to appreciate Canoa can be called a good start.

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