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The daughter of former Mexican President Plutarco Elías Calles says that he was not anti-religious, as most thought he was.

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Audio recordings of filmmaker Natalia Almada's grandmother talking about her father, former Mexican President Plutarco Elías Calles.

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Filmmaker Natalia Almada talks about El General, her poetic meditation on history, memory and family. Premieres Tuesday, July 20, on POV!


El General moves between a daughter's memories as she grapples with history's portrayal of her father and the weight of his legacy on Mexico today.

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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El General (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 20, 2010

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Natalia Almada Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | MoMA Screening


Natalia Almada
Natalia Almada

For seven years General Plutarco Elías Calles has loomed indestructible in the Mexican picture, like a Toltec pyramid — huge, harsh, mysterious. His name adds naturally to the list of dictatorial gladiators that the world watches with mixed feelings. . . . He has been called a Mexican Mussolini, an Indian von Hindenburg, a Latin American Lenin.”

— Anita Brenner,
The New York Times, 1937


Critical Acclaim

[A] remarkable documentary, provocative and impressionistic, based on questions rather than assertions ... 9 out of 10 stars”

— Cynthia Fuchs,

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

— Cara Mertes,
Sundance Documentary Institute

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