Skip to main content
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

Director Movies

Peasant Poets

Poetas campesinos

Nicolás Echevarría follows a local circus group—made up of a poet and two little acrobats—during the festivities of San Felipe Otlaltepec, a village in the state of Puebla. Its inhabitants are so devoted to their local celebrations that they become unwitting participants in the show.

See More

Echo of the Mountain

Santos de la Torre is a Huichol artist who lives isolated and unrecognized in his own country though a magnificent beadwork mural of his is displayed at the entrance of the Louvre, in Paris. This documentary follows him on his pilgrimage to sacred places, such as Wirikuta, "the land of peyote," in San Luis Potosí state, where he asks the gods to let him make a new mural showing the history, mythology, and religious practices of his people. 

See More

Related News

CREPÚSCULO, de Julio Bracho, a 80 años
CREPÚSCULO, de Julio Bracho, a 80 años
Impulso Morelia
Impulso Morelia, 10 years expanding the reach of Mexican cinema
Fútbol femenil: TAN CERCA DE LAS NUBES, COPA 71
Women's Soccer: Tan cerca de las nubers, COPA 71
Amalia Aguilar
Amalia Aguilar: 100 years