Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
"Raza," a Spanish word which is sometimes translated as "race," but has a much more complex flavor than the English term. It also means "kindred" or "family." This documentary film by Catalan director Gonzalo Herralde explores the meaning and implications of a propaganda film called Raza, made in 1942, the third year of Franco's rulership of Spain. In that film, Falangist values of family, religion, patriotism and anticommunism are exalted -- themes which were to be the hallmarks of the Franco dictatorship. Herralde approaches his subject matter using interviews with Pilar Franco (the deceased dictator's sister) and the actor Alfredo Mayo, who starred in the earlier film. Over half of the documentary is devoted to scenes from Raza.
dictator, film, filmmaker, propaganda, Spain