(Natalia Almada, USA/Mexico, 2009, 83 min, In Spanish and English with English Subtitles)
Through the legacy that filmmaker Natalia Almada inherited as the great-granddaughter of Mexican president Plutarco Elias Calles (1924-1928), one of Mexico's most controversial revolutionary figures accused of having been a "Dictator" and "Nun-Burner", yet also acclaimed for having been the "father of modern Mexico," El General is a portrait of a family and a country under the shadow of the past.
Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Directing Award for documentary, Almada brings to life audio recordings she inherited from her grandmother combined with haunting photographs, archival newsreels, and old Hollywood films, along with sweeping footage of modern-day Mexico City, and interviews with today’s working poor, in this visually stunning, stylistically innovative film.
Preceded by All Water Has a Perfect Memory (Mexico/US, 2001, 19min, English Subtitles)
A poignant experimental documentary that explores the effects of tragedy and remembrance on a bi-cultural family.