Feb 22 2017

Plotting a Fire: The Burning of Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional and the Idea of a Self-Destructing Archive” Brown Bag Presentation by Prof. Javier Villa-Flores

February 22, 2017

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


1550 UH


601 S. Morgan Street Room 1550, Chicago, IL

Javier Villa Flores

Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies & of History

The destruction by fire in 1982 of the Cineteca Nacional, the largest repository of art film in Mexico, constituted the lowest point of an era characterized by censorship, lack of funding, and the virtual dismantling of the state cinema apparatus. This presentation will analyze the complicated process of mourning for a lost archive, the production and circulation of alternative explanations for the archive’s demise, and the political implications of representing the nation’s film repository as an archive that could not help but to destruct itself.


Marta E. Ayala

Date posted

Aug 13, 2018

Date updated

Aug 13, 2018