La Huelga is an experimental documentary video that examines a student strike at the largest public University in Mexico (UNAM) in 1999–2000, by juxtaposing participant interviews with a lyrical portrait of the campus architecture. The video highlights the buildings within the central campus, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, and designed by Mexican modernists Mario Pani and Enrique del Moral. Juan O’ Gorman also created complex mosaics with pre-Hispanic associations on the central library, and José David Alfaro Siqueiros finished famous murals on the administration building. This unique architectural space sets the stage for a series of in-depth interviews with students, authors, activists, and politicians attempting to unravel the complex legacy of Mexico’s most contested contemporary student movement.
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