A growing economic disparity occurs in early twentieth century Mexico, when the farmers of the country are deep in debt, that debt passed down through generations within a family. Much of this situation is due to the dictatorship of President Diaz and his laws to support the rich. Wealthy landowner Don Francisco Madero, the type of person for who the current laws support, tries to help those in financial need, who he believes are unjustly treated by those laws and their associated actions. He writes a book called The Presidential Succession, which condemns Diaz's government. Although Diaz uses his power to quash Madero, Madero's popularity within the common man cannot be quashed, which ultimately leads to Madero being elected President. However in believing in true democracy and fairness for all, Madero's fate is left with those with economic power, they who choose to use the power he left for them against him. He ultimately has to choose between keeping true to his beliefs or risk ... Written by
A pedestrian 11-minute film about Francisco Madero
This "Passing Parade" episode tells the tale of Francisco Madero who overthrew President Porfirio Díaz of Mexico. His ambitions were to give the peasants better protection under the law from mistreatment by the rich landowners and the military. He quickly made a number of errors in judgment from which he could not recover. This little film explains his errors. When he realized he was failing miserably he made a decision to die a martyr. The story is better told in the movies about Villa and Zapata. His death precipitated the rise of these revolutionaries. The film is bookended by views of El Zócalo Square to give it a Mexico flavor.
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