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Sundance Review: Eva Longoria Bastón’s ‘La Guerra Civil’

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What happens when you fight your hero? That’s just one of the questions addressed by La Guerra Civil, an engaging Sundance Film Festival documentary premiere from Eva Longoria Bastón.

The debut director also produces this lively account of the rivalry between boxers Oscar De La Hoya and Julio César Chávez in the 1990s.

The men are interviewed separately, reflecting on their lives and their fights, while a series of talking heads offers insight into another key focus: cultural identity.When Chavez and De La Hoya went head-to-head in the “Ultimate Glory” bout of 1996, Chávez was a Mexican national hero nearly 100 fights in; while De La Hoya was a young Mexican-American pretender to the throne.

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