Vivendi Bows Miniseries Commemorating Mexico’s Bicentennial17 Feb, 2011 By: Angelique Flores
Last September Mexico celebrated its bicentennial, and Televisa produced the miniseries Gritos de Muerte Y Libertad to tell the story of Mexico’s independence.
Vivendi Home Entertainment and Televisa Home Entertainment will release the 13-part miniseries April 19 (prebook March 15) as a two-DVD set for $14.97 in the United States.
The show depicts Mexico’s struggle for independence against Spain and illuminates the country’s heroes and key historical moments during 1808 through 1821. The production is 100% Mexican, with Mexican historians, writers and directors as well as an all-star cast that includes Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También), Lumi Cavazos (Like Water for Chocolate), Daniel Giménez Cacho (Bad Education), José María Yazpik (Nicotina), Cecilia Suárez (Spanglish), Alejandro Tommasi (“Alborada”), Alberto Estrella (Man on Fire), Julio Bracho (Casi Divas) and many others.
The show features lavish sets and costume designs, and the producers ensured every detail, from make-up and costumes to settings, would make viewers feel like they were part of the independence movement, according to Vivendi.
Televisa wanted to accomplish something magnificent with the series, Vivendi executives said, and that was to teach and remind all Mexicans why they celebrated 200 years of Mexico’s independence.
Gritos de Muerte y Libertad aired in Mexico from Aug. 30 to Sept. 16, 2010, and the DVD went on sale there after the television broadcast Sept. 17, 2010. The run time of the series is 320 minutes.