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Short Film Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Mural Painting Made by Diego Rivera
Epopeya del pueblo mexicano was painted between 1929 and 1935 at the staircase of the central yard at Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City Historical Center, over a 276 square-meters surface. Photo: DMC INAH/M. Tapia.
MEXICO CITY.- To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the mural painting created by Mexican artist Diego Rivera, the short film 200 Segundos. Una Vision de la Historia de Mexico (200 Seconds: a vision of Mexican history) was projected at the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA). Through diverse scenes of the painting, the short film synthesizes the development of Mexico from the Prehispanic age to 20th century.

The film produced by Martin Garcia-Urtiaga was premiered at MNA with the presence of Consuelo Saizar, president of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta), who mentioned that the decision of supporting this work was based in the fact that it fulfills the objectives of the cultural project of the organism she presides.

“This audiovisual work accounts for the talent and creativity of several artists, allowing the private sector to participate; besides, it uses video, a technological format, to divulgate culture, serving the society by showing one of the great works of the 20th century”.

Parting from different shots of the Diego Rivera mural, the brief documentary – 3 minutes and 20 seconds long- is a visual tour that synthesizes the history of our country, from the development of Prehispanic culture, the conquest, the Colonial age, the Independence, the Reform, the Mexican Revolution up to the different episodes of 20th century history.

Teresa Vicencio, head of the National Institute of Fine Arts (Inba) commented that projects like this guard the artistic legacy, giving it meaning and divulgation. “We watch in the documentary the ordeal of our people, as well as the one lived by Diego Rivera and all the Mexican artists that have given us identity, voice and perspective”.

Epopeya del pueblo mexicano was painted between 1929 and 1935 at the staircase of the central yard at Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City Historical Center, over a 276 square-meters surface.

The work is integrated by 3 sections: “Prehispanic World”, painted on the northern section, with scenes inspired by Mesoamerican cultures; at the center, “From the Conquest to 1930”, which represents passages from the conquest, Colonial times, Independence and Modern Mexico, up to Mexican Revolution, and the southern section, named “Mexico today and tomorrow”, where 20th century conflicts as well as social exploitation.

The production of this short film is part of the Bicentennial of the Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution commemorations, and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Fundacion Manuel Arango and Consejo Nacional Adopte una Obra de Arte participated.

The short film is to be distributed by Educal libraries and will be uploaded to

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