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The Storm That Swept Mexico

Airs Monday, September 26, 2011 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: General Francisco "Pancho" Villa and his elite fighting group, the Dorados.

This film tells the epic story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Fueled by the Mexican people’s growing dissatisfaction with an elitist ruling regime, the revolution was led by two of the most intriguing and mythic figures in 20th century history — Emiliano Zapata and Francisco “Pancho” Villa.

Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata (center, seated) and his staff.
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Above: Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata (center, seated) and his staff.

Rurales pose with their rifles.
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Above: Rurales pose with their rifles.

At stake was Mexico’s ability to claim its own natural resources, establish long-term democracy and re-define its identity.

Capturing the color, drama, intrigue and tragedy of the era, "The Storm That Swept Mexico" also explores how the Mexican revolution not only changed the course of Mexican history, transforming economic and political power within the nation, but also profoundly impacted the relationships between Mexico, the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The first hour, “The Tiger is Unleashed,” charts the struggle by Francisco I. Madero and his followers to end the long dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, and traces the emergence of the remarkable populist heroes Zapata and Villa.

The second hour, “The Legacy,” examines international influence on the revolution as well as Mexico’s flourishing cultural revolution.

More than ten years in the making and featuring interviews with a variety of scholars, veterans of the Revolution and a trove of film footage virtually unseen in close to a century, "The Storm That Swept Mexico" is a fascinating exploration of the beliefs and conditions that led to the revolution, influenced the course of the conflict, and determined its consequences over the century that followed. Produced by Raymond Telles and Kenn Rabin.

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Trailer: The Storm That Swept Mexico

Above: This film tells the epic story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Fueled by the Mexican people’s growing dissatisfaction with an elitist ruling regime, the revolution was led by two of the most intriguing and mythic figures in 20th-century history — Emiliano Zapata and Francisco “Pancho” Villa.

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Avatar for user 'To_Tell_you_The_truth'

To_Tell_you_The_truth | May 8, 2011 at 11:33 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Judging from the corruption, the disparities between rich and poor, the drug violence, the fact that thousands are forced to immigrate to El Norte to find work, they need to finish the revolution where it left off!

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tblanco | September 27, 2011 at 12:30 a.m. ― 3 years ago

To_Tell_you_The_truth

Judging from your ignorance perhaps if you knew a little about American history and how the US has SUPPORTED the disparities between the rich and the poor not only in Mexico but throughout any country that had any commercial interest for American enterprises. Chile and the copper mines, central America and United Fruit Co., Ths Sha and Iranian Oil, Saddam and his oil and Sooooooo many other places.
You're right, however, perhaps Mexico needs to finnish the Revolution, and maybe this time the US can stay out of it and let Mexico resolve its own problems....Read about Henry Lane Wilson, American embassador to Mexico and his plotting and involvement in MEXICAN afairs!
Then you can complain!
And you talk about corruption, what the heck do you think Wall street has done with Washington! Do you think this economic crisis just came out of the blue! See "Inside Job" if you are too lazy to read! That is CORRUPTION as never seen before!

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