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El General

Introduced by director Natalia Almada, Visiting Artist/Premiere

Part of Women with Vision 2010

“A tour de force of cinematic imagination bristling with beauty, contradiction, and the epic scope of Mexico’s last 100 years of history.”—Sundance

Almada tells the recent history of Mexico through her great-grandfather, General Plutarco Elías Calles, a revolutionary who became Mexico’s president (1924–1928) and de facto ruler until 1935. Through the combination of haunting home movies and historical and contemporary footage of Mexico City, a sense of the country’s idealism as well as its injustices emerges. 2009, in Spanish with English subtitles, video, 83 minutes.


This program is made possible by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of México, the Mexican Tourism Board, and the Consulate of México in Saint Paul, Minnesota, as part of the Mexican Bicentennial celebrations.

Women with Vision is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf. Additional support provided by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.