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Pancho villa by Taboada Tabone, Francesco

Pancho Villa is a composition of memories of the Mexican revolutionary hero. Nearly 100 years after the revolution, Tabone asks Mexicans from different walks of life about Pancho Villa, one of the most well know revolutionary figures. All but one (an American from New Mexico) think of Villa as a good man who did all he could for the Mexican people. The documentary, which also includes archive images of Villa, can best be described as an ode to a revolutionary hero rather than a balanced historical account.

Historical Relevance
Pancho Villa, whose real name was Doroteo Arango, was the most important general in the Northern Division during the Mexican Revolution. This violent conflict began in 1910 and was influenced by various socialist and liberal movements in conflict with the dictatorial regime and the wide gap between rich and poor. Villa's attack on the American town Columbus earned him a mythological status. Tabone's film shows that many Mexicans today still view him as a hero.

About the filmmaker
Francesco Taboada Tabone (1973) is a Mexican researcher, filmmaker and professor of Mexican history. He began his film career with two short films and later went on to make documentaries. His first film, 'The Last Zaptistas', earned him international fame and won several film prizes.

Taboada Tabone, Francesco
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Francesco Taboada Tabone
94 min.
Year of release

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