El Ingeniero/The Engineer

As described by the director...

The film "… is a portrait of Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas' personal journey during his third presidential campaign. It captures a moment of contemporary history as told from the perspective and experiences of a political group that was defeated. As such, it is a fundamental portion of Mexican history that rarely reaches an audience because it is not written by the victors. This documentary shows neither scandal, nor corruption, nor even a redeemer; rather, it demonstrates how politics operates at the highest levels in Mexico, and reveals the human side of a popular leader. It's like being backstage in the production of an unimaginable play."

CardenasIn Spanish

"Un retrato del viaje personal de Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano durante su tercera campaña presidencial. Es un momento en la historia contemporánea contado a partir de las vivencias de un grupo político que fue derrotado. Un fragmento fundamental de la historia de México que no suele llegar al público pues no está escrito por los vencedores. Este documental no incluye el escándalo, ni revela prácticas corruptas o el actuar de un redentor; muestra cómo se lleva a cabo la política en los niveles más altos en México y deja ver el lado humano de un líder popular. Es como estar tras bambalinas en una función imposible de imaginar."

About the Director

Born in Mexico City (1966), Alejandro Lubezki studied Hispanic Literature at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). He is the author of three feature films and three short films, as well as the author/director of ten short films. Lubezki was awarded the Best Short Film Award in La Semaine de la Critique at Cannes in 2002 for his first work as director: From Mesmer, with Love, or Tea for Two. His work has been selected for competition in numerous film festivals and has been screened in several Mexican film retrospectives. The documentary El Ingeniero/The Engineer is his first feature film.

Film Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPKmBsApElY

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