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Marcela Fernandez Violante directs the 1977 historical Western Cananea, based on the true story of the American-owned Cananea mine. Colonel William Greene ran the profitable copper mine in the Sonora desert, and the Mexican people who worked in the mines were exploited for their labor. This situation eventually led to the Mexican Revolution in 1910. The largest desert in North America, the Sonoran Valley was acquired by the U.S. after the Mexican-American War from 1846-1848. The low-lying area now covers parts of Arizona, California, and Mexico. Starring José Carlos Ruiz, Carlos Bracho, Milton Rodriguez, and Yolanda Ciani. Cananea was released on DVD in 2004 as part of the Latin Cinema Collection from Desert Mountain Media. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi


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