Gordon Ball

Mexican Jail Footage (1980) 16mm, color, 17.30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History

Images from 1968 events combined with 1980 voice recollections. Paranoid surreptitious camera records daily events and posturing of 25 gringos jailed without charge-and fellow Mexican prisoners-prior to the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Was there collusion behind this? We were never told but this was at a height of national polarization, when American tourists in Mexico were shocked to find more of the youths they thought they'd left behind -- and when Mexican Government was administering national preening in its own paranoiac anticipation of the international Olympics exposure six months later. The soundtrack narration's culled from a much longer account I wrote of the event: it is told as directly as I could tell it. MEXICAN JAIL FOOTAGE reminds me of standing by the tracks and watching a train go by -- it is so strong, it lasts so long, and it is over so quickly. -- Tom Whiteside NORTH CAROLINA ANVIL

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