When Benito Juarez became president, the country was heavily indebted to European countries after opposing forces in the civil war borrowed money to finance their battles. With no way to repay the loans, Mexico defaulted. England, Spain, and France sent military forces in an attempt to force payment. While England and Spain negotiated with Mexico, Napoleon opted to attempt to take the country for himself.
General Ignacio Zaragoza, the commander of the Mexican forces, was born in what is now known as Texas. He served as Secretary of War under President Benito Juarez and resigned in order to lead the Mexican army against the French forces.
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Director Rafa Lara brings us a new film detailing the Battle of Puebla.
From Lionsgate, Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla chronicles the story of Mexico’s Battle of Puebla, the most important battle in Mexico’s history. When the unbeatable French army invades Mexico to set up a monarchy, General Ignacio Zaragoza played by Kuno Becker (Goal!, From Prada to Nada), must defend the city of Puebla, commanding a poorly armed and outnumbered troop of men. Meanwhile, two young Mexican lovers manage to find love amidst the chaos of war. Cinco de Mayo chronicles the bravery of a people pushed to the limit, fighting for their nation, their families and their pride.
The film opens in Los Angeles on May 3rd.