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Around the beginning of the twentieth century, most of the rivers and lakes of Mexico City
were transformed into roads, subway stations and public spaces.

Our documentary evokes
the intimate memory of this significant transformation.

This documentary delves into the experiences of four older people whose lives were marked by the rivers, lakes and canals of Mexico City, when water was much more present in the metropolitan area than it is today. This documentary seeks to narrate how we have lived and coexisted with water, through the eyes of those who have witnessed the profound transformations of a capital which slowly drained away its water and replaced it with layers of concrete. The multivocal narrative will map the fading memories of our characters, juxtaposing everyday stories of water depletion in Mexico City.


Our characters are older people who have grown next to a river, a canal, or a lake located in the city, or have a close relationship with these bodies of water. By revisiting places which were significant to our characters, we will ludically reconstruct their remembrances and evocate their anecdotes.


Alma Maceda (94 years old) His parents migrated from the Port of Veracruz to settle in Mexico City in the recently created "Colonia Roma", located in front the borders of the "Piedad river", later the crescent needs of roads for cars, dry his flows and converted into the "Viaducto" roadway. In the past there surrounded by aromatic eucalyptus trees, she and her brother played, throwing paper boats to the river, that in the rainy season it's caudal overflowed, flooding and creating avalanches water and mud that dragged everything in its road.


Facundo Rodríguez (91 years old) Musician and fisherman of the ancient Island of "Peñón de los Baños", as a child he helps his father fish, hunt ducks and collect mosquito eggs "Ahuautle" in the "Texcoco lake", which, when dried, gave way to farmlands, then to neighborhoods and the airport of Mexico City with its metallic birds. As a young man he to play with his friends in the flows of rainy water, where subway station Oceanía is located today. He is currently traditional Musician a spokesman for the traditions of the "Pueblo Peñón de los Baños".


Amalia Salas (83 years old) Healer, traditional cook and social activist for the conservation of corn and water, since she was a child navigates in the canals of "Xochimilco" where she has live the transformation of "Canales" and "Chinampas" into houses and soccer stadiums. Her gifts of healing and knowledge about the flowers and land she acquired from her grandfather, becoming today the spokesperson for her community, concerned about the loss of the traditions, she participates in forums sharing her experience.


Ignacio Olvera (90 years old) He was born in the mountains of "Rancho Lagunilla" Guanajuato, at 20 years old, he migrated to Mexico City, due to water scarcity, to settle in "Chimalhuacan" as one of the first colonizers of the the dried lands of "Texcoco lake". Witness of the growing urbanization that it does not respect borders, it tells how rainwater reclaims its land and the waters of "Texcoco lake" return and floods several neighborhoods. After several jobs, he knows the medicinal waters of "Baños del Peñon" where he works since 60 years.



Alma´s mother was called the "Mermaid" because she swimming in the deep of the ocean of Veracruz ... But they left the beach and migrated to Mexico City, where Alma grew up on the borders of the "Rio de la Piedad" being a witness of how the currents of its rainy waters went down a pipe and became streams of cars, to welcome the "Viaducto" roadway.


Ignacio leaves his mountain in Rancho Lagunilla Guanajuanto, where the water was scarce, to look for a better life and to build a house in Mexico City, discover how to achieve ...


Facundo is a musician and hunter of the ancient island of Peñon de los Baños. He discovers through his gaze how it was the Texcoco Lake before becoming the Airport of Mexico City. 


In the Town of Axotlán, located in Cuautitlan Izcalli State of Mexico, its inhabitants "los raneros" are trying to rescue from the real estate developers, the lagoon that gives them identity as a community. 


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Spanish| Stereo | Color | 82 min | Direction -  Pablo Nieto Mercado | México 2019 

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