The Absent Stone (La Piedra Ausente)
(Jesse Lerner, Sandra Rozental, 2013, 82 min)
In 1964, the largest carved stone of the Americas was moved from the town of Coatlinchan to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City in an impressive feat of engineering. The extraction of the monolith set off a rebellion in the town and led to the intervention of the army. Today representations of the absent stone appear everywhere in Coatlinchan, where it resonates in the memories of the inhabitants. Using animations, archival materials and contemporary encounters with the protagonists of the transport of the stone, this documentary explores the relevance of the ruins of the past in the present day.