Discovery en Espanol to air Cinco de Mayo doc

The U.S. Hispanic cable net will mark the 150th anniversary of the Mexican army's victory over French occupying forces with the original documentary 5 de mayo: un dia de gloria (pictured) on April 29.
April 18, 2012

Discovery en Español will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla with 5 de mayo: un dia de gloria (pictured), a documentary about the Mexican army’s victory over French occupying forces. It will air on the U.S. Hispanic cable net on April 29.

Produced by Cactus Films and directed by Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Tort, the doc combines reenactments and interviews with researchers and historians and was produced with support from the State of Puebla through TV de Puebla and the Ministry of National Defense’s Department of Archives and History.

The film is part of a larger ongoing investment in original productions announced at Discovery’s 2012 upfronts.

“At Discovery en Español, we want to tell stories that make a difference and that are of interest to our Hispanic viewers, and the Battle of Puebla is one of the most iconic events in Mexico’s past,” Michela Giorelli, VP of production and development for Discovery en Español, said in a statement.

“The celebration of the 150th anniversary served as the perfect occasion for developing this landmark original production which, told through a current point of view, brings to life a proud moment in history for Mexicans and Latin America as a whole.”

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