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Award-Winning Documentary Ciclo Benefits Jóvenes Adelante

By Robin Loving Rowland

Why would two Mexican men bike through three countries in 82 days, covering 5,600 kilometers in 1956 with homemade bikes, homemade clothes, and only US$100, and then repeat the trip with their daughter/niece, a filmmaker, more than 50 years later? Find out when you go to see Ciclo, an award-winning film about these daring lads on Monday, March 16, at 4pm at Bellas Artes on Hernández Macías. The riders and the filmmaker will answer all of your questions at a benefit for Jóvenes Adelante.

To benefit Jóvenes Adelante
Mon, Mar 16, 4pm
Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías
152 3709
200 pesos/US$15

Their journeys had to do with the cycle of life, the freedom of youth, immigration, integration, family, and love. “This is a story about interdependence in all the seasons of our lives,” said Gustavo Martínez, one of the brothers who became favorite sons of three countries as well as soul brothers. “We were inspired by someone in a Lions or Rotary Club in Mexico, worked hard to learn another language, and found our ways to university educations and successful careers,” continued Gustavo. That sounds a lot like the story of Jóvenes Adelante university scholarship students.

Brother Arturo Martínez’s daughter, filmmaker Andrea Martínez Crowther, documented important aspects of unavoidable change due to the passage of time. Singer Amanda Martínez, Gustavo’s daughter, accompanies the film, which is in English and Spanish.


“This family’s story reminds us to seize the day, and that much is gained over a lifetime,” said Joy Levine of Amistad Canada, which processes Canadian donations to Jóvenes and other deserving San Miguel nonprofits in order to provide tax deductions for Canadians.

Only 196 tickets are available, and more than a quarter of those have already been sold. Regular tickets are 200 pesos or US$15. Regular tickets are on sale at La Conexion’s Aldama 3 and Café Monet locations, and through Jóvenes Adelante at 150 0030 and They also will be available on March 14 at the Saturday organic market on the Ancha de San Antonio.

Host sponsorships are available for 1,000 pesos or US$75. They permit two people to receive reserved seating and be listed in the program. For more information about host sponsorships, contact Carol Jackson at or 152 2067 or Maxine Stone at

For information about volunteering with Jóvenes Adelante, which can be done part-time and virtually, contact Jan Marshall at For more information about donating to Jóvenes Adelante, contact Pat Harding at


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