Season 23, Episode 6 El General
First Aired: July 20, 2010
The remarkable "El General" interweaves the story of Mexican president Plutarco Elias Calles, who served from 1924 to '28 but whose power continued until his 1936 exile, with glimpses of modern-day Mexico. The doc features his daughter's tape recordings, which she made in her 70s for a never-realized book, as well as archival footage and the deft narration of his great-granddaughter, filmmaker Natalia Almada. The winner of the 2009 Sundance directing award for U.S. documentaries.
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- Premiered: July 5, 1988
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- Premise: This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr… (more)