Throughout its history Mexico has been convulsed by a series of epic, violent and bloody struggles that have defined the culture and identity of this complex nation.
This 4x 1 hour mini-series looks at this often-overlooked history of America’s next-door neighbor, a history that has both been influenced and involved the United States. Despite this, relatively little is known of the events that have shaped Mexico, and how those events are reflected in the character of the country today.
While the world maybe aware of the Spanish conquest led by Hernan Cortes and his fellow Conquistadors in the 16th century, and the devastating impact this conquest had on Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilizations, an exploration of how events unfolded in the subsequent four hundred years until the Mexican revolution, has largely been ignored.
While the names of Cortes, Zapata, Villa, Santa Ana and Rivera are familiar, and the Battle of the Alamo identified as an iconic American historic event, the precise role played by these names and places and events, such as the American Mexican War, remain somewhat of a mystery to anyone outside Mexico.
This is a history of conquest with all its bloody and dramatic consequences; not just of battles and wars, but of feuds, shifting alliances, trickery, intrigue, executions, assassination and exile.
Episode Four : The Mexican Revolution
Explores the Mexican Revolution in the early part of the last century, another hugely bloody event, but one which achieved the foundations of a modern Mexican state with myriad cultures we know today. We examine the roles of revolutionaries Villa, Zapata, Carranzas and Obregón , who were all assassinated, the subsequent eruption of violent religious conflict called the Cristero Wars ,and the nation building of the Cardenas government that followed . We also look at the fusion of art and politics in the revolutionary era epitomised by the iconic muralism developed by artists such as Diego Rivera.