It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. "The Other Conquest" opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the ...
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It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. "The Other Conquest" opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan [what is now called Mexico City]. The sacred grounds are covered with the countless bodies of priests and nobility slaughtered by the Spanish Armies under Cortés' command. The lone Aztec survivor of the massacre is a young Indian scribe named Topiltzin [Damián Delgado]. Topiltzin, who is the illegitimate son of the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma, survives the onslaught by burying himself under a stack of bodies. As if awakening from a dream, the young man rises from among the dead to find his mother murdered, the Spanish in power and the dawn of a new era in his native land. A New World with new leaders, language, customs... and God. Representing the New Order is the Spanish Friar Diego [José Carlos Rodríguez]. His mission is to convert the "savage" natives into civilised ...Written by
Dennis Davidson Associates (DDA)
A STORY OF TOLERANCE AND WOMEN'S TRIBUTE FILM. Carrasco's film does not limit genders roles and instead acknowledge the power of women in life.
A STORY OF TOLERANCE AND WOMEN'S TRIBUTE FILM
Salvador Carrasco's first epic film, THE OTHER CONQUEST is a passionate worship of women, and a protest of tolerance of two cultures meeting for the first time during the conquest of Mexico by Spain in 15th century.
Carrasco's film reached a piece of reality of the history of Mexico. This film came as close as possible to the reality where two cultures merged for the first time to one, and the violence that this brought with it. THE OTHER CONQUEST describes historical facts by showing dates, times and places in the film, which makes the audience feel, see and understand the injustice that Mexican's ancestor experienced. The music of the film written by its own director and sang by one of the greatest tenor of all times; Placido Domingo, gets in touch with the audience's feelings and expectation. The mixtures of right chosen scenes with great music were able to conquer audiences by the power of images/sound. Opening with a strong scene; people laid down dead in the Aztec Empire after the massacre took place, captures audience attention. From that point on we see the straggles of survivors trying to adapt to the new civilization. The resistance of Topiltzin and other Aztecs to replace their believes and the narrow-mindedness of the conquerors to accept Aztec as they were, develops a chain of intolerance to a culture that is just discover. Carrasco's film does not limit genders roles and instead acknowledge the power of women in life. In the movie THE OTHER CONQUEST Topiltzin/Tomas is surrounded by women from the beginning to the end, all of these women are a lost in Topiltzin's life. In the beginning of the film Topiltzin loses his mother. Then Topiltzin focus all his love in his grandmother figure; Nanahuatzin, to be able to follow his mission of Aztecs' preservation and religion. Nanahuatzin is portrayed as a strong, and wisdom woman that support and guide Topiltzin in his journey as a son of an emperor. The second image of a woman involve with Topiltzin is the princess Xilonen. She is presented as the love that could not be in Topiltzin's life. The Aztec princess gives her own life to preserve the cult of the Aztec Mother Goddess alive. Xilonen, is described as the brave woman who quit the love of her life to save the rest of race that is a stage of become extinct. The third woman presented in this film is Tecuichpo; the former mistress of Hernan Cortes and half-sister of Tomas. Tecuichpo/ Dona Isabel carries the stronger role of all women in this film, she is portray as the smart woman that crossed cultures and became a danger for the Spaniards. Dona Isabel capable to speak two languages, finds her way to manipulate Cortes and even make fakes letters using Cortes signature to gain more power. She is the one that rules over Cortes and the one with the mission to keep the Aztec race alive by engaging herself in an incest with her half-brother Tomas. When Topiltzin/Tomas loses the strength of the women power he collapsed into a big depression that makes him find comfort in the statue of the Virgin Mary. I think of this movie as the tribute to women, because all the strength and power falls into the feminine roles. Carrasco's epic film is the untold credits to women that where no mention in other film where the men were portray strong and women as weak roles. Carrasco's film not only gives a lesson of tolerance but also gives attribute to the femine role as a major influence in life.
THE OTHER CONQUEST the story of tolerance and the tribute to the women in films that bring a piece of culture alive on the screen. Two thumbs up!!!
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