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SFFILM Festival

La Guerra Civil

Directed by Eva Longoria Bastón

UK | 102

24 Apr
Sun, Apr 24, 2022 at 7:45 pm PT


Within the confines of the boxing ring, the famous rivalry between Mexican Julio César Chávez and Mexican American Oscar De La Hoya reveals complexities of identity, culture, and legacy. La Guerra Civil documents the 1990s’ cultural divide through the lens of the epic Chavez vs. De La Hoya showdown. Directed by Mexican American actor and producer Eva Longoria Bastón, the documentary intricately weaves rich archival footage with exhilarating recounts leading up to the 1996 fight. Interviewees include family members, trainers, and journalists, as well as fans like George Lopez and Mario Lopez. The sport of boxing takes on new meaning with the spectacle of Mexican identity at center stage.

Director Eva Longoria Bastón

Eva Longoria Bastón got her start in front of the camera, starring in such series as The Young and the Restless (2001-2003) and Desperate Housewives (2004-2012), for which she received two SAG Awards. She began producing in 2003 and made her directorial debut with the television documentary Latinos Living the American Dream (2010), and before making La Guerra Civil (2022), she made shorts and directed for TV. She is currently in post-production on her first narrative feature, Flamin’ Hot.



Film Details

Language English, Spanish

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 102

Country UK, USA, Mexico

Director Eva Longoria Bastón

Executive Producer Grant Best, Ed McCarthy, Hugh Sleight, David Tetreault, Eric Gomez

Producer Eva Longoria Baston, Grant Best, Bernardo Ruiz, Ben Spector, Andrea Cordoba

Editor Luis Alvarez y Alvarez

Cinematographer Claudio Rocha

Music Tony Morales

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.