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El General
by Natalia Almada

El General
Watch the trailer at:
National PBS Premiere on POV
Tuesday, July 20 at 10 PM

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Past and present collide as award-winning filmmaker Natalia Almada (Al Otro Lado, POV 2006) brings to life audio recordings she inherited from her grandmother, daughter of Plutarco Elias Calles, a revolutionary general who became Mexico’s president in 1924. In his time, Calles was called El Jefe Maximo (Foremost Chief). Today he is remembered as El Quema-Curas (Priest Burner) and as a dictator who ruled through puppet presidents until his exile in 1936. Airing during the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, El General moves between a daughter’s memories of her father as she grapples with history’s portrayal of him and the weight of that same man’s legacy on Mexico today. Winner of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Directing Award: Documentary. A co-production of ITVS in association with Latino Public Broadcasting.

Visit the POV websiteto learn more about the life of Plutarco Elias Calles and watch interviews conducted by filmmaker Natalia Almada with leading contemporary historians about Mexico's past and present, along with other special features.
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El General will be streaming online July 21, 2010 to September 14, 2010.

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