‘La Guerra Civil’: Documentary about De La Hoya-Chavez rivalry to premiere at SF Film Festival
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Mexican-American icon and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez’s vacation is Thursday, March 31.
The day before, the 65th San Francisco Film Festival announced its lineup of films that will debut in April, including a film about two other icons of the Mexican community.
‘Civil war’ (translates to Civil War) focuses on the boxing rivalry between Mexican Julio César Chávez and Mexican-American Oscar De La Hoya during their two bouts in the 1990s.
The film also focuses on the cultural divide of the Mexican people: Chavez, who hails from his home country, versus De La Hoya, raised east of Los Angeles, according to the SF Film Festival website.
The film festival has announced two screenings of “La Guerra Civil”.
- April 23: 12 p.m. Victoria Theater in San Francisco
- April 24: 7:45 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
Tickets to see the film go on sale Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m.
“La Guerra Civil” is directed by Eva Longoria Bastón, Mexican-American and known for starring in “Desperate Housewives”.
The rivalry between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez
Two icons of the Mexican and Mexican-American community met in the ring on June 7, 1996.
Chavez was the oldest fighter at 33 but entered the fight with an outstanding 96-1-1 record, according to Boxstat.
De La Hoya was 23 and undefeated with a pre-fight record of 21-0.
He defeated the former Chavez via a technical knockout in round 4 to win the WBC light welterweight championship, according to DAZN, which is De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions broadcast partner.
Two years later in the rematch, De La Hoya won by 8th round technical knockout to win the WBC welterweight title.
De La Hoya may have won both fights, but not necessarily the hearts of the Mexican people.
Mexican fans have sided with Chavez
“La Guerra Civil” delves into the split within the Mexican fanbase they were cheering on.
The favorite among Mexicans was Chavez who was born and raised in Mexico.
During promotion for the fight, De La Hoya would get booed by hardcore Mexican fans, according to Bleacher Report.
The Divide – Mexican fans saw Chavez as their true national hero while those who identified as second-generation Mexican-Americans or Chicanos leaned more in support of De La Hoya.
Chavez (107-6-2, 86 KOs) and De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) have been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
The film will be available for viewing on the DAZN sports streaming platform sometime in 2022 – with no release date set. As of March 30, “La Guerra Civil” is not yet available on DAZN.
Mexico’s current superstar boxer Canelo Álvarez fights Cinco de Mayo weekend May 7 in Las Vegas against Russia’s Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight championship.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.