Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The year 2021 marks the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. 499 offers a bold, hybrid cinema experience, mixing non-fictional and performative elements with components of a road movie. Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador, the director recreates Hernán Cortezs epic journey from the coasts of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the site of contemporary Mexico City. As the anachronistic fictional character interacts with real victims of Mexicos failed drug wars, the filmmaker portrays the countrys current humanitarian crisis as part of a brutal and unfinished colonial project, still in motion, 499 years later. 87 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiL2P5jX0xY Winner of the 2021 Latin American Studies Association Award for Best Film Please note: Only available to watch in the United States. You will receive the link and password to watch the film on Vimeo on Saturday, June 12 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. You can start the movie any time between 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Pacific Time. At 10:27 pm, the link and film will no longer be available.