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1990 | Color | 112 min

Crown treasurer to King Charles V from Spain, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca sets sail for Florida in 1528 with more than 500 men. Exhausted from hunger and illness, the men arrive at the coast of Lousiana and are captured by the natives. Cabeza de Vaca is forced to become the slave of a shaman. He learns magic and healing arts and eventually earns his freedom. He begins a journey, fraught by bad weather and loneliness, but manages to find his mates. He runs away with them toward Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Sonora. His healing powers attract the admiration of the indigenous people but repel his fellow countrymen. After eight years, Alvar and his men find a group of Spaniards building a church.

Country: Estados Unidos, España, México
Direction: Echevarría; Nicolás
Script: Sheridan; Guillermo, Echevarría; Nicolás
Production: Solórzano Foppa; Julio, Sánchez; Jorge, Cruz; Rafael, Navarro; Bertha
Photography: Navarro; Guillermo
Sound: Aguilar; Carlos
Music: Lavista; Mario
Cast:Cobo Calambres; Roberto, Villareal; Gerardo, Castañón; Carlos, Diego; Juan, Flores Alatorre; José, Echánove; Josefina, “Chupadera” Machuca; Eli, Mendoza; Francisco, Yoldi; Oscar, Sosa; Roberto, de Bernal; Farnesio, Kerlow; Max, Barragán; Ramón, Giménez Cacho; Daniel
Art direction: Luis Aguilar; José
Participation year at FICM: 2011

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