The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes (Los Últimos Zapatistas, Héroes Olvidados)


Weisman Art Museum Sat, Nov 2, 2019 4:00 PM
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General Public:FREE EVENT
Film Info
Original Title:Los Últimos Zapatistas
Héroes Olvidados
Guest Attending:Yes
Program:Cine Latino
Cinema with a Conscience
Release Year:2000
Runtime:70 min
Festivals & Awards:Winner Best Documentary and Best Photography - Los Angeles Chicano Film Festival
Winner Special Jury Award Best Feature Documentary - Festival de Cine Pobre de Gibara
Ariel Award Nomination - Mexican Academy of Arts and Sciences of Cinematography
Website:Official Website
Director:Francesco Taboada Tabone
Producer:Manuel Peñafiel
Francesco Taboada
Cinematographer:Manuel Peñafiel
Editor:Sarah Perrig
Composer:Angel Mosqueda
Jesús Baez


Las Flores de Zapata – Film, Ofrenda, and Community

This is a FREE event at the Weisman Art Museum.

Reservations for this event are full. In the case of no-shows, seating may become available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the door.

2019 commemorates one hundred years of remembrance of the life and lucha of visionary Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. El Caudillo del Sur, as he was nicknamed for leading the fight for Mexican Indigenous rights and agrarian reform, was born in Anenecuilco, Morelos, Mexico. An important year to honor and uplift stories of struggle, triumph, and resistance, Minnesota and Morelos are coming together to share in this deep history, and we invite you to join us during Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead).

On Saturday, November 2nd starting at 3:00 p.m., local Mexican folk artist Monica Vega will lead a talk about the tradition of Días de los Muertos and the significance of ofrenda-making. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in building the ofrenda by creating a small item of Zapata’s remembrance under the guidance of the artist. Attendees will also be able to take home a small obsequio that they have personally made on-site to help them remember the importance of Zapata’s life on enriching Mexican culture and identity.

At 4:00 p.m., we’ll present the documentary film Los Últimos Zapatistas, Héroes Olvidados (The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes), followed by a community conversation and reception with Cuernavaca-based filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone, Emiliano Zapata’s grandson Don Manuel Manrique Zapata, and Monica Vega.

All the above programming is free and open to the public. While there is no cost to view the film, we ask that you please register in advance at the Cine Latino website. The community ofrenda will be available for viewing from Friday, November 1st to Sunday, November 3rd during regular museum hours.

The celebration will be attended by dignitaries of the Cuernavaca Sister City delegation hosted by Mayor Jacob Frey and Council Member Alondra Cano. Next year, this Sister City relationship will give way to a more sustained Mexican traditional and folk arts exchange between Minneapolis-based artists and Mexican master artists. We thank the Minnesota State Arts Board for their generous support.

We also thank our current project collaborators: City of Minneapolis, the Weisman Art Museum, Meet Minneapolis, Minneapolis-Cuernavaca Sister City Association, the Minnesota Vikings, and Cine Latino.

To read more about the “Flores de Zapata” event and collaboration, please keep checking

About Los Últimos Zapatistas, Héroes Olvidados

In The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes, a cadre of elderly ex-soldiers who fought beside General Emiliano Zapata in the 1910 Mexican Revolution vividly relate tales of battle and daring, nearly a century after the war’s end. Through colorful and candid interviews, these survivors of the legendary Liberation Army of the South reveal a collective history not to be found in any book. They speak of the failure of the Revolution and of the agrarian, social and ecological challenges still threatening their country today. The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2003 Ariel Awards.

Sinopsis en español

En Los últimos zapatistas. Héroes olvidados, un cuadro de soldados de ya avanzada edad, y que lucharon junto al general Emiliano Zapata en la Revolución Mexicana de 1910, relata historias de batallas y proezas, casi después de un siglo del final de la guerra. A través de coloridas y espontáneas entrevistas, estos sobrevivientes del legendario Ejército de Liberación del Sur revela una historia colectiva que no se encuentra en ningún libro. Ellos hablan sobre el fracaso de la revolución y de los retos agrarios, sociales y ecológicos que aún amenazan al país hoy en día. Los últimos zapatistas, héroes olvidados fue nominada al Premio Ariel de 2013 en la categoría de Mejor Documental.


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