Film: The Hunt for Pancho Villa

11/04/2015 7:00 pm

Please join us for a film screening of The Hunt for Pancho Villa, by award-winning filmmaker, Paul Espinosa, whose personal archive was recently acquired by the UC San Diego Library, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 7 – 9 PM at the Digital Gym CINEMA. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.


The award-winning independent filmmaker is renowned for his documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region, immigration, and cross-cultural issues. His films include The Lemon Grove Incident, The U.S.-Mexico War, …and the earth did not swallow him, and Uneasy Neighbors. Paul Espinosa will attend and participate in a Q&A after the film screening.

Film Synopsis: Just before dawn on March 9, 1916, a band of Mexican revolutionaries loyal to General Francisco “Pancho” Villa crossed the border into the United States and attacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico. The next day, President Woodrow Wilson announced the formation of the Punitive Expedition under the command of General John “Blackjack” Pershing. Within three months over 150,000 U.S. National guardsmen and Army regulars would be mobilized, in what was the largest troop deployment in the United States since the Civil War. The Hunt for Pancho Villa recounts the events that brought the U.S. and Mexico to the brink of war in the early part of this century.

Event Location: 
Digital Gym 2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California 92104