Professor of Anthropology Claudio Lomnitz was interviewed for an NBC New York piece examining the depiction of 1970s Mexico in Alfonso Cuarón's film Roma. Professor Lomnitz offered historical context for the film's story and discussed how Mexican society has changed in the intervening years.
"The movie is to a great extent a story about modernization," said Professor Lomnitz. "We see two rural girls come from Oaxaca who have moved to the city. They are indigenous and they speak Mixtec, but they also speak Spanish, they go to the movies, they have sex."
The movie Roma is a drama that provides a gripping glimpse of Mexican society at the cusp of great social change in the early 1970s, a time of migration, urbanization and cultural transformation.
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Professor Claudio Lomnitz works on the history, politics and culture of Latin America, and particularly of Mexico. He has a PhD from Stanford in 1987, and his first book, Evolución de una sociedad rural (Mexico City, 1982) was a study of politics and cultural change in Tepoztlán, Mexico.