The FARO Aragón is a major film school and community center in the City’s San Juan de Aragón neighborhood. The sole inhabitant of the former Corregidora Cinema, today it’s a training ground for screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, lighting technicians, and filmmakers. It’s also a major meeting place for the community.
The Factories of Arts and Trades (FAROs) are a network of community and art centers runs by Mexico City’s Secretary of Culture. They’re simultaneously cultural centers and school for arts, handcrafts, and skills. The Faro de Aragón Cine Corregidora was opened with the cooperation of the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC) and the Filmoteca de la UNAM, the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, IMCINE, and the Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas.
The old Corregidora Cinema was the most important entertainment center in the area in the 1970s and 80s. It stood abandoned nearly 30 years from 1993 to 2012. With participation from across the film and television industry and support from the City and Federal Governments, it re-emerged to fill a need within the FARO’s already full schedule.
Today, screenings are constant. The FARO hosts regular conferences and workshops as well as a full slate of classes. It’s also an important part of the overall San Juan de Aragón community, and not far from the famous Bosque de Aragón park and zoo.