Juicio a Salinas (1995)

Juicio a Salinas (1995) HIDVL

Roughly edited video documentation of cabaret performance by renowned artists Jesusa Rodríguez and Liliana Felipe. "Juicio a Salinas," a mock trial of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari (president of Mexico from 1988 to 1994) at the Teatro Bar El Hábito, is an invitation to civic society to participate in a broader national call for accountability to the Mexican government in the face of charges of corruption, electoral fraud, embezzlement, and political violence. Using humor and improvisation as a tool for starting a public dialogue, the artists invite the audience to participate as a theatrical jury of deputies; in this guise, the public has the opportunity to directly question "Salinas" (played by a cross-dressed Rodríguez) and ultimately pass judgment on him, deciding whether or not to send him to the Almoloya penitentiary. Among protest chants of "El pueblo apoya, Salinas a Almoloya" (The people claim it, (send) Salinas to Alomloya) and the song "Solidaridad" (propaganda theme song for Salinas' controversial Programa Nacional de Solidaridad--PRONASOL), the piece is proposed as a performative "propitiatory ritual" for political justice, rehearsing civic participation in Mexico's public sphere.


Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/jsxksn83

Additional Info

  • Title: Juicio a Salinas
  • Alternate Title: Salinas' Trial
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:03:31
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1995
  • Location: Teatro Bar El Hábito, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Jesusa Rodríguez, Tito Vasconcelos, Diego Jáuregui, Manuel Poncelis, Liliana Felipe
  • Credits: Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, director, producer ; Liliana Felipe, producer