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Flower in Otomi
A film by Luisa Riley
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On February 14th, 1974, 19-year-old Dení Prieto Stock was killed by the Mexican army in the town of Nepantla, along with four of her comrades in the Fuerzas de Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Forces), a forerunner to the Zapatistas.

FLOWER IN OTOMI depicts Prieto Stock's short, but very full life and the trajectory that brought her to Nepantla and the FLN.

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Her sister and other family members recount a cozy childhood spent between New York and Mexico City with parents who raised them to support leftist causes. A cousin shares letters that detail her radicalization, and former lovers describe her growing conviction, particularly following the killing of student protestors in the Tlatelolco massacre, that armed revolution was the only path to economic and social justice in Mexico.

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In October 1973, Prieto Stock stood up at the family dinner table and said she was going out for a little while. Instead, she left for Nepantla, where should would be killed just four months later. Elisa, an FLN comrade, tells of her close friendship with "Maria Luisa" (Prieto Stock's nom de guerre), and describes life in the FLN safe house, and the group's activities. The film also reconstructs the Mexican Army and secret police's joint siege on the house during which Prieto Stock was killed, using state documents and accounts from area residents.

A moving tribute to a young woman who died for her convictions and a window into the Mexican social movements of the late 60s and early 70s, FLOWER IN OTOMI is an essential historical document.

"With political clarity and simplicity of means ... decrypts the excitement and experience of Deni/Maria Luisa." —La Jornada

"[An] affecting portrait!" —Video Librarian

"FLOWER IN OTOMI is a necessary documentary, needed to save the national 'memory.' The achievement of the documentary is also in the sense that it focuses our view on the women who participated in these subversive movements, often ignored in the movements' own histories." —CINE3

"An unforgettable film." —Excélsior

Best Documentary, 2012 Guanajuato International Film Festival
Best Film, Social Movements Category, 2012 Festival Contra El Silencio Todas Las Voces
Audience Award, 2012 Testigo International Human Rights Film Festival
2012 Morelia International Film Festival
2012 Guadalajara International Film Festival
  

78 minutes / color
Release: 2013
Copyright: 2012
Sale: $398

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Biographies, History (World), Human Rights, Latin America, Latin American History, Latin American Studies, Mexico, Politics, Social Movements, Women's Studies



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