El ejido en Navidad (1991)

El ejido en Navidad (1991) HIDVL

Unedited video documentation of cabaret performance by renowned artists Jesusa Rodríguez and Liliana Felipe. "El ejido en Navidad," in the tradition of the yearly "pastorelas" (Nativity plays) performed at the Teatro Bar El Hábito in Mexico City, poses a satiric critique to current political events in Mexico's public sphere. Introduced as a fairytale-gone-wrong (presented by Cachirulo, legendary children's TV character by Enrique Alonso, and "betwitched" by Cachirulo's TV characters Bruja Escaldufa and Fanfarrón), the piece poses an anti-Establishment take on the agrarian reforms proposed by then President Carlos Salinas de Gortari (through his controversial Ammendment to Article 27 of Mexico's Constitution). These reforms directly affected the organizational units known as "ejidos" --hence the Spanish pun between "el ejido" (the ejido) and "elegido" (the Chosen One, a Christian epithet common in Nativity plays). Corruption, embezzlement and political violence roam rural Mexico while legendary political figures and fictional characters visit an impoverished, disempowered peasant couple. The constant abuses, endured patiently by the peasantry and indigenous peoples, evidence how political promises of progress and of inclusion in the "national project" end up as nightmares of oppression for millions of Mexicans through history.


Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/8sf7m0kc

Additional Info

  • Title: Pastorela 'El ejido en Navidad'
  • Alternate Title: Segundo cachirulo
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:25:29
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1991
  • Location: Performed at the Teatro Bar El Hábito in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Jesusa Rodríguez, Enrique Alonso, Ramón Barragán, Darío Pie, Paloma Woolrich, Humberto Leiva, Pilar Bolivier, Manuel Poncelis
  • Credits: Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, director, producer ; Liliana Felipe, producer ; Malú Huacuja, writer