Eva Longoria Bastón isn’t necessarily looking to direct a boxing documentary as her next project until, well, Oscar De la Hoya approaches with an interesting role. Final result: “La Guerra Civil.”
“It was all by chance. I’ve known Oscar for 25 years; we’ve been friends forever,” Longoria Bastón told Sharon Waxman at TheWrap’s Sundance Studio.
“He said, ‘Hey, you know, the 25th anniversary of this epic battle that happened. We want to make a documentary about it. You want to do it?” Longoria Bastón recalls, “I said, ‘Uh… I don’t… I don’t want to do, like a boxing documentary.”
But Longoria Bastón’s “La Guerra Civil” is no ordinary boxing documentary. The film grapples with the legacies of two great boxers, Oscar De La Hoya and Julio César Chávez, and how their backgrounds have caused a cultural divide over what it means to be Mexican.
What stood out to Longoria Bastón about the story was how the war divided the Mexican community.
“That battle, it was funny when he came to see me about that fight, because that war I remember how it divided my family,” Longoria Bastón said. “I still remember the war we had in our neighborhood. And, our community, not the world, our Mexican community was divided. “
Longoria Baston added: “It is el campeon de mexico, you don’t touch Julio Cesar Chavez. So my dad and my grandfather, like everyone is for Julio, and me and all of my cousins, we all won Oscars because we’re Mexican-Americans. And so I just remember, I remember how I felt. You don’t remember people, you remember how you felt – which I said, that it would be interesting for me to use this fight to explore the topic of what it means to be Mexican enough and who will decide that. ”
When Longoria Bastón found her way into the project, she decided to focus on division in the Mexican community.
“You don’t have to be a boxing fan, this movie is about humanity, it’s really the story behind the fight and this torch passing almost didn’t happen because of this culture war in the community. our copper. That’s why we call it ‘La Guerra Civil’ (Civil War),” she said.
With Longoria Bastón on board, how does De La Hoya feel about her approach to story construction?
De La Hoya said: “The fact that I have known Eva for so long, and what she has accomplished over the past few years, is amazing, amazing work. “And so she’s the perfect person because she’s not only a great director, but she lives that moment among her family.”
De La Hoya added: “And so it was very important for us to make sure that whoever was going to tell the story not only told it through the lens but felt it, so she did a great job. incredible.”
De la Hoya has seen the documentary six times and says that each time, it brings back many memories.
“Every time you see a moment has taken place and it brings me back. It takes me back to times where my stupidity, the divide between cultures, what it made of back then was so special, and she captured those moments perfectly. good,” said De La Hoya.
“La Guerra Civil” is part of the Sundance Film Festival 2022 Satellite Screen program. It will then debut as a DAZN Originals production later this year.
Longoria Bastón has both directed and produced “La Guerra Civil” through her Emmy-nominated UnbeliEVAble Entertainment alongside Grant Best, Bernardo Ruiz, Ben Spector and Andrea Cordoba.
See also Sharon Waxman’s interviews with the filmmakers in the embed above.
TheWrap’s Sundance Studio is presented by NFP and National Geographic Documentary Films.
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