Canoa: A Shameful Memory

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Canoa: A Shameful Memory
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Directed byFelipe Cazals
Produced byRoberto Lozoya
Written byTomás Pérez Turrent
StarringArturo Alegro
CinematographyÁlex Phillips Jr.
Edited byRafael Ceballos
Release date
  • 4 March 1976 (1976-03-04)
Running time
115 minutes

Canoa: A Shameful Memory (Spanish: Canoa: memoria de un hecho vergonzoso) is a 1976 Mexican drama film directed by Felipe Cazals, based upon the San Miguel Canoa Massacre.[1]


The film is based on real events about a group of young employees of the Autonomous University of Puebla who go mountain climbing to La Malinche and have to spend the night in a small town called San Miguel Canoa, where they are confused for communist students. The right-wing town priest encourages the people to lynch them.



It was one of the first movies to express the tone of the time of the setting: Mexico 1968, when student turmoils were spread across the country. It was entered into the 26th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize.[2]


The film was both a critical and a box-office success.[3] Mexican filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón have praised the film.[4]


  1. ^ "Canoa: memoria de un hecho vergonzoso". Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Berlinale 1976: Prize Winners". Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Canoa: A Shameful Memory: The Devil in Disguise". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. ^ "'Canoa: A Shameful Memory' is shamelessly enticing". 27 April 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2018.

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