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Natalia Almada’s El General Screens on PBS’s P.O.V. and Online

July 14, 2010

On Tuesday, July 20, 2010, Film/Video grantee Natalia Almada's Creative Capital project, El General, will be broadcast nationwide on PBS’s P.O.V., the weekly documentary program. Following the broadcast, the film will be available for online viewing from July 21 through September 4. Click here to learn more about El General on P.O.V. and to check your local listings for air time. About the Film El General is a feature-length documentary that combines personal and family history with archival footage and sound recordings, photographs and newspaper clippings. 2005 Creative Capital grantee Natalia Almada uses her ancestors’ lives to explore Mexico’s history—her great-grandfather was Plutarco Elias Calles, known alternately as “The Father of Modern Mexico” and as a brutal dictator. Her grandmother began, but did not finish, an autobiography in 1978. The documentary illuminates the differences between Mexico under Calles and today, as well as Almada’s personal conception of history as compared to the official version of events. At its core, El General is about the imagined past, emphasizing inconsistencies between memory and fact. Back to Listing