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25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln

Ellen Brodsky
Ellen Brodsky
Grant Awarded
$5,000 - 2017
$15,000 - 2017
Type of Film
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Film Synopsis

Join the quest of 25 history students, mostly Mexican American, who drive 2,000 miles from the Alamo in Texas to a Springfield, Illinois museum asking to repatriate General Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg and honoring Abe Lincoln’s support of Mexico with a Day of the Dead altar. With humor, humility, and animated history lessons, these students from San Antonio’s St. Mary’s University raise questions of identity, borders, museum ethics, and collective memory.
You will even learn a bit about the war Mexicans never forget and Americans hardly remember: the US-Mexican War, when Mexico lost half its territory and the U.S. gained what would become the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. Known in the U.S. as the Mexican American War, Mexico still calls it the War of the United States against Mexico.
The quest aims for new understanding and a return to Mexico of the prosthetic leg captured from 11-time Mexican president, General Antonio López de Santa Anna. The students discuss the leg with curators at the Illinois State Military Museum. The quest even becomes a front page story in the Wall Street Journal the day before the 2016 Presidential Election and shows up on local TV and radio in Texas and Illinois. At a moment of antagonism against Mexico and Mexican Americans, these students remind us to examine the story we tell ourselves about our shared history across the border.

About the Director(s)

Ellen Brodsky (Director/Producer)
Ellen Brodsky began filmmaking after a twelve-year career in education and public health. Ellen directed “The Year We Thought About Love”, a film about a LGBTQ youth theater troupe, which is distributed to the educational market with New Day Films and played over 50 festivals. She co-produced “At Home in Utopia,” broadcast on Independent Lens in 2009. She has directed three award- winning shorts: “What do you know? Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians,” “Only One Boss,” and “Dental Farmer” (with co-director, Dunya Alwan), which have played festivals in all seven continents. Brodsky has a Masters in Management from the Heller School, Brandeis University and a BA in Religion from Haverford College.


Official Selection: 2019 Oaxaca Film Festival, 2019 San Antonio Film Festival, 2019 Arizona International Film Festival, 2019 Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, 2019 Boston Latino Film Festival, 2019 GlobeDocs Film Festival
Awards: Audience Award at the 2019 Boston Latino International Film Festival, Best Short Award at the 2019 GlobeDocs Film Festival
Broadcast Premiere: October 7, 2019 on WORLD Channel

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