Why, in 1956, would two young Mexican men bike through three countries, covering 5,600 kilometers in 82 days, with homemade bikes, homemade clothes and only $100 USD? And why would they do it again more than 50 years later?
After a sold-out San Miguel de Allende debut in March 2015, Amistad Canada and Jóvenes Adelante invite you to a special reprise screening of the award-winning film Ciclo and a post-event Q&A with filmmaker Andrea Martin Crowther. This award-winning film tells of the warmth of humanity across borders, culture and language, through the eyes of two young men whose optimism, resilience and persistence took them, on bicycles, on an 82-day journey that changed their lives forever.
In 1956, young brothers Arturo and Gustavo Martinez set off from Mexico City to cycle over 2500 miles to Toronto, Canada. More than 50 years later — then 75 and 78 — the brothers retraced their exact route with a small film crew led by Arturo’s filmmaker daughter Andrea Martinez Crowther. Their objective was simple: to see what had changed, both in the landscape and in themselves. The result is a film that illuminates their memories of the journey, exposes the changes wrought by the passage of time and reveals the enduring humanity across two borders and three countries. “This is a story about interdependence in all the seasons of our lives,” said Gustavo Martinez, who along with his brother Arturo, became a favorite son of three countries.
The event will be held on Wednesday, February 7, at 4 p.m. at the Bellas Artes Auditorium, 2nd floor. Host tickets are $75/1500 pesos. They include an invite to a post-film reception with the filmmaker, preferential seating and a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket. General Admission tickets are $15/300 pesos each.
Joy Levine of Amistad Canada shares an insight with those who have seen this film before: “I have seen it multiple times and never tire of it. It really is about the “Ciclo” of life and each time I see it, I discover something new and special.” For a taste of what’s in store, the trailer is available at: https://vimeo.com/63672430
So, get your tickets soon!! Seating is limited and we expect this event to fill up quickly. Tickets are on sale now at the Biblioteca (on Insurgentes), La Conexion (at two locations: on Aldama #3 and Calzada de la Aurora #30) and Restaurant Ten Ten Pie al Carbon (on Stirling Dickinson near Potrero).
With the support of Amistad Canada, the proceeds of this event will be used by Jóvenes Adelante to provide scholarships to local honors students. Sponsoring these bright students, who otherwise could not afford to attend university, helps break the cycle of poverty for their families while building a stronger, more skilled Mexican workforce. Amistad processes Canadian donations and provides tax receipts.
- What: Film and Reception
- Title: Ciclo
- Date, time: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 4pm
- Where: Bellas Artes Auditorium, 2nd floor
- Address: Hernandez Macias #75
- Extra info: Phone 150-0030
Host tickets are $75/1500 pesos. They include an invite to a post-film reception with the filmmaker, preferential seating and a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket.
General Admission tickets are $15/300 pesos each.
For information about volunteering with or donating to Jóvenes Adelante see http://www.jovenesadelante.org or call 150-0030.