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The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes (2002)

Los últimos zapatistas, héroes olvidados (original title)
In the year 2000 the Mexican film director, Francesco Taboada Tabone, began his search for the last of the soldiers to have fought beside General Emiliano Zapata in the 1910 Revolution.


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Credited cast:
Marcelino Anrubio ...
Audiaz Anzures ...
Manuel Corona ...
Himself (as Captain Manuel Corona)
Matías Cruz Corridista ...
Baldomero Blanquet Don ...
Feliciano Mejía Messenger ...
Galo Pacheco ...
Himself (as Galo Pacheco Lieutenant)
Emeterio Pantaleon ...
Felipe Ramos ...
Mauricio Ramírez ...
Baudelio Vergara ...
Valeriano Villamil ...


The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes is the chilling testimony of the soldiers who fought beside their General Emiliano Zapata in the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Almost one hundred years later, these survivors of the legendary Liberation Army of the South reveal a truth not to be found in any book. They speak of the failure of the Revolution and of today's neoliberal governments, of the agrarian and ecological disaster threatening their country and of imminent civil war if the Zapatista ideals they represent continue to be ignored. These men and women are chapters of unjust history, abandoned wisdom, banners for Mexico's underprivileged .... they are the Forgotten Heroes. (This documentary includes the historic encounter between members of the Zapatista National Liberation Army and the Zapatista veterans). Written by Anonymous

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24 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Is a Spoiler Possible For a Documentary? The "Holy Grail"of Documentary Film-Making? A HERO Dies On-Screen in Real Time!
2 February 2016 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto, Colombia...Via: L.A. CA...and ORLANDO, FL

I felt rather ambivalent about writing this review. Would many "Gringos" be interested in 1 hour of living history about a Mexican revolution? In 1910 there was a socialist revolution south of the border. This documentary celebrates the last living heroes of a "People's" revolution. The interviewees were ALL over 90! Most of them felt betrayed by policy changes that took away lands that had been in families for generations!

The "Holy Grail" of documentary film-making? How about a "Hero", 101 years old, particularly upset, describing his rage and frustration: How he was too old and weak to fight these policies. Without warning he goes limp and slumps forward. His daughter, feels his pulse and becomes rather frantic. He died fighting for his rights on camera! Wouldn't the tragedy be compounded were this hero to have died in vain? Wouldn't this poor old man have wanted as many people as possible to see? If you like documentaries and/or history, experience this unique documentary!


Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

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