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Made in Michoacán Program at the 15th FICM

On its fifteenth anniversary, the Morelia International Film Festival of (FICM) pays tribute to its home state with the classic film program Made in Michoacán, created in collaboration with the UNAM Film Library and Cineteca Nacional.

The program consists of three titles that marked the course of Mexican national cinema: Janitzio (1935) by Carlos Navarro, Maclovia (1948) by Emilio “El Indio” Fernández and El brazo fuerte (1958) by Giovanni Korporaal.

Janitzio (1935) by Carlos Navarro

On the selection of films, Daniela Michel, founder and general director of FICM, stated: “We consider it important to present another view of Michoacán, now from the perspective of filmmakers who are not local, to complement a vision of this great state that constitutes an extraordinary referent in our national culture. In programming films made in three different decades (30s, 40s and 50s), we present a historical panorama of Mexican cinema that has, at its core, the powerful presence of Emilio “El Indio” Fernández as protagonist of Janitzio and later as director of Maclovia, as well as granting recognition to a recently restored cult film, El brazo fuerte“.

According to historian and critic Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro, Michoacán has been a recurring scenario in the history of cinema, beginning with the remarkable work of the Alva brothers and “other pioneers who went out to seek with their cameras the peculiar landscapes, traditions and customs of Michoacán until it was all revealed in the weight of a vast and ancestral culture that would, in turn, give rise to many cinematographic motifs “. It is an honor for FICM to exhibit this program composed of three excellent Mexican films that showcase the landscapes and culture of Michoacán.