In Exile: A Family Film

(Un exilio: película familiar)
Juan Francisco Urrusti Alonso | Documentary

2017 | 124 minutes | Mexico

In Exile: A Family Film tells some of the personal accounts that are intertwined with the shared history of Spain and Mexico from the time of Spanish King Alfonso XIII (1874-1923) through the present.


The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) left a million dead and over 500,000 refugees. Mexico welcomed about 20,000. Among them were the filmmaker’s grandparents, parents, and some of their friends. In Exile: A Family Film tells some of the forgotten stories of memory and history -personal accounts that are intertwined with the shared history of Spain and Mexico from the time of Spanish King Alfonso XIII (1874-1923) through the present.


"The viewer is left with an indelible portrait of not only the times but of the human beings who fought fascism and strove to create a better world in the first several decades of the last century. Though not without significant limitations, In Exile is a powerful reminder that the great questions of war and authoritarianism that defined the 1930s and 1940s are alive and well today." —  World Socialist Web Site

Main credits

Francisco Urrusti, Juan (filmmaker)
Francisco Urrusti, Juan (film producer)

Other credits

Music, Juanra Urrusti.

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Barcelona International Film Festival - Castell Award
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Copenhagen Film Festival - Winner
DocsMX - Jury Mention
United Latino International Film Festival - Award Winner
Wales International Film Festival - Best Documentary

DIRECTOR: Juan Francisco Urrusti Alonso


YEAR: 2017

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: n/a

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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