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The Convict Patient (El paciente interno): A tragic journey through prison hell

2 out of 4 stars

Title
The Convict Patient (El paciente interno)
Directed by
Alejandro Solar Luna
Genre
Documentary
Classification
PG
Country
Mexico
Language
Spanish
Year
2012

To quash civic unrest in the late 1960s, the Mexican government massacred dozens of students and injured hundreds more. To avenge those deaths, a man named Carlos Castaneda de la Fuente tried to assassinate then-president Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. Mexican authorities effectively declared him insane, locked him up and essentially threw away the key – for 40 years. Slow-moving and narratively disjointed, the film tracks Castaneda's epic journey through prison hell and the tragic consequences for his mental and physical health.

April 29, 9:15 p.m., Lightbox; April 30, 1 p.m., Scotiabank.

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About the Author

Based in Toronto, Michael Posner has been with the Globe and Mail since 1997, writing for arts, news and features.Before that, he worked for Maclean's Magazine and the Financial Times of Canada, and has freelanced for Toronto Llfe, Chatelaine, Walrus, and Queen's Quarterly magazines. More

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