This 1976 Mexican feature is based on a real incident which took place in 1968. When a group of hikers happen upon a village governed by a paranoid and fanatical priest, they are labelled as communists and desecrators and are lynched by the bespelled townspeople. — All Movie Guide
Felipe Cazals (born July 28, 1937) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter and producer born in Guethary, France, but registered as born in Zapopan, Jalisco, where he lived his childhood, before being established with his family in Mexico City. He was born of Spaniard parents exiled after the Spanish Civil War, and he studied film production in France.
Together with Arturo Ripstein and Alejandro Jodorowsky is considered in Mexico one of the most representative film directors of his generation. His masterworks Las Inocentes (1986), Las Poquianchis (1976), El Apando (1976) and Canoa (1976), make him considered to be one of the most creative and bitter-critic filmmaker in the history of Latin-American movies. Canoa was entered into the 26th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize. —Wikipedia
Canoa (Cazals, 1976) is a story that showcases the power of ignorance. It tells the real-life events (as the first title card reminds us: “Esto Si Pasó (This Did Happen)” of several University workers who arrive to the small town of Canoa after a rainstorm prevents them from hiking up a nearby mountain. The villagers, herded by the corrupt priest, attack, maim and kill the... READ MORE http://mubi.com/reviews/27375