*The Letters (Las Letras).* 2015. Mexico. Directed by Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez. Courtesy of Agencia Bengala

Las Letras (The Letters). 2015. Mexico. Directed by Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez. In Spanish, Tzotzil; English subtitles. 77 min.

Las Letras is an exercise in (and exorcism of) outrage, a performative representation of indigenous Mexican professor Alberto Patishtán’s random arrest and erroneous 13-year imprisonment for a brutal slaying. Gutiérrez’s camera stalks the countryside, ghostlike, observing wandering lost children and a woman’s balletic expression of grief, punctuated by Patishtán’s proud, hopeful jailhouse letters to his family.

A Doc Fortnight/Cinema Tropical collaboration

New York premiere

  1. Saturday, February 25, 2017,
    3:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, February 24, 2017,
    4:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1