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"It was a great experience to live through, kind of like being in love." Carlos Sevilla
Between 2005 and 2007 Heidrun Holzfeind conducted a series of video interviews with activists of the 1968 student movement. MEXICO 68 investigates the significance and impact of the '68 student movement on Mexican society, politics and culture in general, and on the lives of the participants in particular. Conducted almost forty years after the fact, the 18 interviews with activists compiled in this volume offer a diverse range of personal accounts, political and social analysis as well as reflections on the events that took place during that mythic year. They document the visions and dreams of a generation that aspired to change an authoritarian political system and transform Mexican society.
Interviews with: Renata von Hanffstengel, Carlos Sevilla, Silvia González Marín, Rodolfo Echeverría, Elena Poniatowska, Marcelino Perelló, Raúl Moreno Wonchee, Carolia Paniagua, Selma Beraud, Hira de Gortari, Maria Teresa Losada, Raúl Álvarez Garín, Carmen Soler, Ana Ignacia Rodríguez, Maria Fernanda Campa, Patricia Eugenia de los Ríos Lozano, Mercedes Perelló, Deborah Dultzin Kessler
CU, Mexico City, August 2006 - is a personal portrait of "Ciudad Universitaria", the National University's Mexico City campus. The carefully composed shots of exterior and interior views, architectural details, and eerily unpopulated hallways, class rooms and walkways highlight Holzfeind's interest in aging modernist structures, the conceptualization of the campus as a modern "city" and the use of functionality in the Mexican modernization project.