Close to my neighborhood, that is within my dog-walking radius from home, I came across a fresh new mural. It is located in the Colonia Escandón, on the corner of Ave. Progreso and Cda. Antonio Maceo. The mural looks well made, showing beautiful images of the full moon behind the silhouette of mountains, and in the foreground some of the most important plants in Mexico: the nopal cactus, the agave, most famously used for making mezcal or tequila, and of course the Mexican food-plant number one: none other than the famous maize. On a closer look at the lettering on the side, I realized that the corn plant is in fact what this mural is really about: Maíz en Tiempos de Guerra or Maize in Times of War actually does make a catchy title.
Then, just around the corner I saw this same title once again, stenciled on a wall together with a corn stalk and an ear of corn. What is this? The title of a book, or the slogan of a demonstration? As Mexico is preparing for national elections this year, I tended towards the latter guess. But I asked Google, and the result was something different: It’s a film!
A Documentary by Alberto Cortés
The documentary is currently running at various cinematheques, such as the Cineteca Nacional, la Casa del Cine, Film Club Café and Cine Morelos. Having acquired so much information about it, prompted by the beautifully painted mural, I actually have a strong urge to check it out while I’m still here in Mexico.
If you liked this, check out my developing series on Mexican murals:
- Get to Know Your Local Cacti
- New Images Covering Old Ones
- A Warrior Princess in Mazunte
- A Cartoon with a Public Health Message
- Murals Under Periferico
- Murals of the Barrio in Aguascalientes
- Respected and Less Respected Paintings
- Under Metro Line 4
- ChaliaKiller's – Murals, Chilaquiles, and Lots More
- A Familiar Face
- Political Expression: the Painting is on the Wall
- Different Types of Wall Paintings
- The Beauty of Death and the Struggle of Life
- Winston Churchill and the Bike Movement
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