Canoa: A Shameful Memory Film Still

Canoa: A Shameful Memory

Felipe Cazals

Canoa: A Shameful Memory (Criterion Blu-Ray)

14 Mar 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Mexico
  • 1976
  • 115 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Spanish
  • Spine #862

One of Mexico’s most highly regarded works of political cinema, Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines a real-life incident that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the village of San Miguel Canoa who had been manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were communist revolutionaries. Director Felipe Cazals adopts a gritty documentary style to narrate the events in Canoa while referencing the climate of political repression that would lead to the massacre of student protesters in Mexico City shortly thereafter. The resulting film is a daring commentary on ideological manipulation, religious fanaticism, and mass violence, as well as a visceral expression of horror.


PriestEnrique Lucero
Lucas GarcíaErnesto Gómez Cruz
PedroRodrigo Puebla
Julián González BáezRoberto Sosa
Ramón Calvario GutiérrezArturo Alegro
Miguel Flores CruzCarlos Chávez
Roberto Rojano AguirreJaime Garza
Jesús Carrillo SánchezGerardo Vigil
CommanderJorge Fegán
Lucas’s wifeAlicia del Lago
SilvestreManuel Ojeda
GuadalupeMalena Doria
DelfinoSalvador Garcini
OdilónBaltasar Oviedo
NarratorJuan López Moctezuma


Disc Features


  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Felipe Cazals, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New introduction by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
  • New conversation between filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and Cazals
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Fernanda Solórzano

    New cover by Adam Maida

Other Editions

Canoa: A Shameful Memory (Criterion DVD)

14 Mar 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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