Last Conquistador, The

Outside of southwestern America and Mexico, the life of Spanish explorer Juan de Oñate is somewhat unknown.  The man commissioned by Spain in the 15th century to colonize and spread Catholicism in the area is seen by some as a conqueror or a hero--or ruthless destroyer by others.

When El Pasoan and filmmaker Cristina Ibarra, 35, read a New York Times article about the El Paso City Council approving money to erect a statue of conquistador (conqueror) Oñate, she knew she had a compelling project. 

Renowned sculptor John Houser has a dream to build the world's tallest bronze equestrian statue for the city of El Paso, Texas--a stunning monument to Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate that will honor the contributions Hispanic people made to the American West. However, Native Americans are outraged.

For the past seven years, Cristina has been making short fiction and non-fiction films that have been seen on public television, in galleries, museums, schools and film festivals across the United States including: the Guggenheim, Exit Art Gallery, the Queen

John has been producing and directing award winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS and CNN for the past fourteen years. He directed the critically acclaimed film Passin’ It On, which aired nationally on the PBS series POV.

 
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A provocative film from the American Indian perspective that reframes today’s controversial energy debate while the fate of the environment hangs in the balance.

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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.