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This document is the script for the documentary Pintura Mural Mexicana [Mexican Mural Painting], to be produced by Manuel Barbachano Ponce’s company, Tele-producciones. The documentary was made in response to a request from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA). As the assistant director for INBA, Fernando Gamboa proposed a script in which the postrevolutionary mural movement would be seen as the heir and standard-bearer for the pre-Hispanic tradition and for folk art. He requested that “special emphasis” be placed on the work of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
The film, Pintura Mural Mexicana, was shot by the Spanish filmmaker Carlos Velo in consultation with the photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002). This documentary was proposed by curator Fernando Gamboa (1908-1990) as a way to promote the postrevolutionary art movement, especially in Europe. There were two additional versions of the documentary: one in French and the other in English, in order to be presented at the traveling exhibition organized by the INBA, to be exhibited in Paris, Stockholm and London. The Fernando Gamboa Cultural Promotions had abundant material to offer the film, which then went through a few rounds of "cuts" in order to please the European public. At the Cannes International Film Festival, the documentary won an honorable mention.