The Hunt for Pancho Villa


National Airdate: November 3, 1993

Network: PBS


After notorious revolutionary leader Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico, General John Pershing and his 150,000 man cavalry set out to get Villa, dead or alive. Just before dawn on March 9, 1916, a band of Mexican revolutionaries loyal to General Francisco "Pancho" Villa crossed the border into the United States and attacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico. Within a matter of hours, seventeen Americans and 67 Mexicans lay dead.  The next day, President Woodrow Wilson announced the formation of the Punitive Expedition under the command of General John "Blackjack" Pershing. Within three months over 150,000 U.S. National guardsmen and Army regulars would be mobilized, in what was the largest troop deployment in the United States since the Civil War.


Produced and directed by Hector Galán, The Hunt for Pancho Villa recounts the events that brought the U.S. and Mexico to the brink of war in the early part of this century. The film draws on a wealth of visual archival materials, such as photographs, postcards, cartoons, newsreel and film excerpts found in public and private collections in the United States and Mexico. Eleven months after they entered Mexico, the Punitive Expedition returned without ever having caught sight of Pancho Villa.




1994 Imagen Award given by The National Confrence


1994 Cine Golden Eagle given by the Council on International Non-Theatrical Events


1993 Spur Award for “Best Western TV Script-Documentary” given by Western Writers of America, Inc.

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