This rare archival masterpiece (on loan from the Museum of Modern Arts in New York) was the first ever Mexican film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946, where it won both the Grand Prix award and the award for Best Cinematography for Gabriel Figueroa. Shot in Xochimilco, one of 16 boroughs of Mexico City, this renowned film tells the story of Maria Candelaria, a young Indian woman who has been rejected by her own people for being the daughter of a prostitute. She falls in love with her only protector, a young Indian man named Lorenzo Rafael but theirs is a doomed love affair. The film sheds a tragic and honest light on the plight of many Indians living in Mexico City at the time.