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El Paso citizens debate whether to continue funding the construction of a controversial sculpture.

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Is a controversial statue in El Paso, Texas a monument to culture? Or a glorification of genocide?

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Directors Valadez and Ibarra share what surprised them about sculptor John Hauser.


Renowned sculptor John Houser has a dream: to build the world's tallest bronze equestrian statue for the city of El Paso, Texas.

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The Last Conquistador (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 15, 2008

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Filmmakers: John J. Valadez, Cristina Ibarra Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Press Release


John J. Valadez
John J. Valadez
Cristina Ibarra
Cristina Ibarra

It was a challenge to try to step back and not bring our own bias or prejudice to the mix, to try to be fair to all sides and to try to recognize that everybody's perspective is legitimate... ”

— John Valadez, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

The Last Conquistador is more than a documentary about a big statue and the trouble it caused. It's about a struggle almost as epic as the metal sculpture itself, raising questions about the role of public art, the framing of history and racial and economic divides.”

&mdash Doug Pullen, El Paso Times

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