DAZN Group, the global sports entertainment company, today announced that its latest feature documentary La Guerra Civil has been shortlisted for the official 2022 Sundance Film Festival schedule. The film marks the first time that original content from DAZN will premiere at Sundance and appear on the international film festival circuit.
Directed by Emmy Award-nominated director, producer, actress and activist Eva Longoria Bastón and produced by Emmy-nominated UnbeliEVAble Entertainment (Reversing Roe), La Guerra Civil explores the epic rivalry between iconic boxers Oscar De La Hoya and Julio César Chávez in the 1990s, which sparked a cultural divide between Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans. The film chronicles a battle that was more than a boxing rivalry and examines a fascinating slice of the Latino experience in the process.
Produced by DAZN’s Grant Best (Rio Ferdinand, BAFTA winner: Being Mum and Dad) and produced by Bernardo Ruiz (Kingdom of Shadows), La Guerra Civil will have its world premiere on the opening night of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on the 20 January at the Eccles Theater. The film will land on DAZN next year.
“At the center of La Guerra Civil is an emblematic moment in the history of Mexican and Mexican-American sport. Beyond that, it’s a film about cultural identity, fandom, and community. Themes that speak to audiences around the world, whether you are a boxing fan or not. Unveiling this story on a global stage like Sundance is the ultimate recognition for a filmmaker and DAZN is the perfect partner to make this film accessible to sports fans around the world, ”said Eva Longoria Bastón.
Grant Best, DAZN Group EVP Global Commissioning and Original Content, said, “The very nature of DAZN Originals brings fans closer to the heart of the sport. Tell the deep, untold stories of the athletes you know and love. La Guerra Civil transcends the traditional notion of a sports documentary and explores the complex story of a deep rivalry between the Mexican heritage of Julio César Chávez and the Mexican-American identity of Oscar De La Hoya, with enormous significance. cultural.
DAZN Group COO Ed McCarthy added, “This is a fantastic award for DAZN to gain recognition from one of the most iconic film festivals in the world. Eva Longoria Bastón is an incredible talent and one of the most sought-after directors and producers in Hollywood. We are honored to work with her to tell this story of such cultural and sporting significance.
DAZN is the world’s leading sports streaming platform. From live games to original programming, it partners with the world’s leading sports organizations to bring quality sports to fans in a more accessible and affordable way. DAZN is now available in over 200 countries and territories around the world.
DAZN Originals brings fans closer to the heart of the sport. Previous series include; Ronaldo: El Presidente – a six-part documentary series that chronicles the behind the scenes of the Brazilian soccer superstar and the global icon’s current life as president of Real Valladolid, Canelo: Road to Greatness, which offers fans sports an intimate look at one of the most successful fighters of all time, Parallel Worlds, connecting global sports icons Cristiano Ronaldo and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin to find out what they share in common, Neymar Jr. and The Line of Kings, exploring the mighty Brazilian soccer dynasty through the eyes of global soccer superstar Neymar Jr. and One Night: Joshua Ruiz, telling the story of one of the greatest upheavals in modern boxing history , Andy Ruiz Jr. Stunning loss to Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden (co-produced by DAZN and Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa manufacture).