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Documentary Ciclo to Benefit Jóvenes Adelante

By Kate Greenaway

Why, in 1956, would two young Mexican men bike through three countries, covering 5,600 kilometers in 82 days, with homemade bikes, homemade clothes, and only US$100? And why would they do it again more than 50 years later?

Film and Reception
Wed, Feb 7, 4pm
Bellas Artes Auditorium, 2nd floor
Hernández Macías 75
Extra info: 150 0030
Tickets: US$75/1,500 pesos
Includes an invitation to a post-film reception with the filmmaker, preferential seating, and a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket.
General Admission: US$15/300 pesos each

Back by popular demand after a sold-out San Miguel de Allende debut in March 2015, Amistad Canada and Jóvenes Adelante invite you to a special reprise screening of the award-winning film Ciclo and a post-event Q&A with filmmaker Andrea Martin Crowther. This film tells of the warmth of humanity across borders, culture, and language through the eyes of two young men whose optimism, resilience, and persistence took them on bicycles on an 82-day journey that changed their lives forever.

In 1956, young brothers Arturo and Gustavo Martínez set off from Mexico City to cycle over 2,500 miles to Toronto, Canada. More than 50 years later, the brothers—then 75 and 78 years-old—retraced their exact route with a small film crew led by Arturo’s filmmaker daughter Andrea Martínez Crowther. Their objective was simple: to see what had changed, both in the landscape and in themselves. The result is a film that illuminates their memories of the journey, exposes the changes wrought by the passage of time, and reveals the enduring humanity across two borders and three countries. “This is a story about interdependence in all the seasons of our lives,” said Gustavo Martinez, who along with his brother Arturo, became a favorite son of three countries.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 7, at 4pm at the Bellas Artes Auditorium, 2nd floor. Host tickets are US$75/1,500 pesos. They include an invitation to a post-film reception with the filmmaker, preferential seating, and a tax-receipt for a portion of the ticket. General Admission tickets are US$15/300 pesos each.

Joy Levine of Amistad Canada shares an insight with those who have seen this film before: “I have seen it multiple times and never tire of it. It really is about the “Ciclo” of life and each time I see it, I discover something new and special.” For a taste of what’s in store, the trailer is available at

So, get your tickets soon!! Seating is limited, and we expect this event to fill up quickly. Tickets are on sale now at La Biblioteca (on Insurgentes), La Conexión (at two locations: on Aldama 3 and Calzada de la Aurora 30), and Restaurant Ten Ten Pie al Carbon (on Stirling Dickinson near Potrero).

With the support of Amistad Canada, the proceeds of this event will be used by Jóvenes Adelante to provide scholarships to local honors students. Sponsoring these bright students, who otherwise could not afford to attend university, helps break the cycle of poverty for their families while building a stronger, more skilled Mexican workforce. Amistad processes Canadian donations and provides tax receipts.

For information about volunteering with or donating to Jóvenes Adelante, see or call 150 0030.



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