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196 years after his execution, Generalísimo José María Morelos y Pavón has returned to Oaxaca.  Filming is underway on the film tentatively titled “Morelos,” chronicling the last three years of the life of one of Mexico’s most revered heroes

José María Morelos y Pavón painting

Costumes hang ready for quick costume changes.

Men's costumes hanging on rolling rack.

Mexican independence fighter extras await the Spanish language equivalent of ACTION!

Male actors in freedom fighter costumes stand on sidewalk

Serious cameras are ready to film the action.

Large professional film camera

Horses and their riders have taken over the surrounding streets.

Man in freedom fighter costume riding a horse

Like all movie sets, it’s, hurry-up and wait!

Independence fighter standing next to horse.

Muy guapo, is all I can say!  The horses… the horses…

Independence fighter walking towards camera, horse in background

You can lead a horse to water…

Independence fighter in between two horses drinking water from a trough

The set designer has taken Constitución back two hundred years…

Camp site

The newly paved cobblestone street and sidewalks have been covered in dirt and buildings and even trees have been aged.

Dirt sidewalk and aged looking buildings and tree.

Though the film covers a time in the life of Morelos that is distinguished more by politics than military action, “dead bodies” line Constitución.

Three "dead" dummies on dirt street

“Morelos” is directed by Antonio Serrano and stars Dagoberto Gama, in the title roll.  Filming is also scheduled to take place in Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Hidalgo, Morelia (named for Morelos), and Mexico City.   It is produced by Luis Urquiza and los Estudios Churubusco, with support from Conaculta, Imcine, and the governments of the states.

Freedom fighters sitting and waiting

I imagine it’s release will be a major event… can’t wait!

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