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Men of La Mancha| 1hr : 29mins
Director: David Whalen | Producer: David Whalen
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, duty, economies, ethics, freedom, freewill, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Two men, a lawyer and an engineer, leave their professions in California to film Americans living in Central America who serve the poor, orphaned, prisoners and the dying, while at the same time recovering a smashed motorcycle. Taking their roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, they pass through the beautiful and historical Mayan lands of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, experiencing both incredible adventures and maddening misfortunes. They bring hope to others and to themselves, but also find great sadness and tragedy on the way and in the days ahead. A full-length feature documentary film with duration of 91 minutes. English, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. "Men of La Mancha is a spiritual road trip film in the vein of Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries, but instead of a call to political revolution, it is a nudge for an internal revolution to help the needy in the great adventure of life." "David Whalen’s Men of La Mancha is an epic film that portrays a journey of the chivalrous and Quixotic adventure of a man on a motorcycle in pursuit of a dream: 'to see the world not for what it is, but for what it should be.' The viewer is confronted with men, women and children who follow their dreams and champion the cause of the poor while fighting the formidable giants of poverty, injustice, and death in Mexico and Central America. This documentary with its multilevel of symbols, images and meaning, reflects at once Miguel de Cervantes’ novel while at the same time the audience takes an epic voyage down Homer’s Odyssey and descends to Dante’s Inferno in search of paradise."
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