Tlatelolco

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Lotte Schreiber's documentary examines Mexico's history through the example of a housing complex in the capital – an epicenter of Mexican historiography. The Nonoalco Tlatelolco housing complex at the Plaza de las tres Culturas in Mexico City is a vertical city built by modernist architect Mario Pani between 1962 and 1964 as a modern utopia for a total of 72,000 inhabitants. The site was the scene of historic events as early as 1521, when Aztecs opposed the Spanish conquerors. Followed by bloody student protests in 1968 and a devastating earthquake in 1985. Residents talk about their everyday life in the housing complex and how it changed over the years. "With speaking images, Tlatelolco pays tribute to the sparse poetry of the architectural project, following the echoes of history into the present." (mvd.org)