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La Piedra Ausente (The Absent Stone) (Dir: Sandra Rozental and Jesse Lerner, 2012, 80 min., in Spanish with English subtitles), presented in partnership with the SF Latino Film Festival and Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco.
Directors Sandra Rozental and Jesse Lerner will host a question-and-answer session following the film.
In 1964, the largest carved stone in the Americas was moved from the town of San Miguel Coatlinchan, in the municipality of Texcoco, to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, in an impressive feat of engineering. The extraction of the monolith, which represents the pre-Hispanic water deity Tlaloc, set off a rebellion in the town and led to the intervention of the army. Today the enormous stone, now upright, is an urban monument; it has been transformed into one of the principal icons of Mexican national identity. The inhabitants of Coatlinchan insist that the removal of the stone has caused droughts. Representations and replicas of the absent stone appear in the village and the memories of the inhabitants. Using animations, archival materials, and contemporary encounters with the protagonists of the transport of the stone, this documentary film explores the relevance of the ruins of the past in the present day.
—Sandra Rozental and Jesse Lerner, directors