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La Guerrilla y la Esperanza celebrates the life of Lucio Cabanas, who led one of the most important peasant revolts in Mexico's history. Teacher-turned-guerrilla leader Cabanas was beloved by the poor of South Mexico, scorned by his government, and closely watched by the CIA. In a seven-year campaign of theft, kidnappings, and shootouts, Cabanas acquired a mystique reminiscent of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa. Ruthlessly gunned down in 1974 by the Mexican army, Cabanas is remembered fondly in the mountains of Guerrero where he still symbolizes commitment to the poor. Testimonies from former guerrilla fighters, companions, relatives, and historians tell his story and explain why there have been so many armed social uprisings in Mexico in the last century. The Guerilla & the Hope was nominated for a Silver Ariel for Best Documentary Feature. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Gerardo Tort---Mexico---2005---111 mins.