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Sundance Film Review - La Guerra Civil

Sundance Institute

La Guerra Civil is screening in the Premieres section - 3.5 suns

Actress Eva Longoria Baston turns filmmaker, recalling the historic 1990s clash between boxers Julio Cesare Chavez and Oscar de La Hoya, which also showed a cultural divide in their ethnic community.

Chavez, with hardscrabble Mexican roots, looked leather-tough and was the people’s champion. De La Hoya, a first-generation resident of East L.A., tried to honor his heritage on both sides of the border, but some called him a Golden Boy who was “not really Mexican.”

The film doesn’t quite transcend being a “sports documentary” but tells its story effectively. There’s actually a lot of suspense building up to the big match—if you’re a viewer who doesn’t remember your sports history, and you don’t sneak a look at Wikipedia.