La otra conquista (1998)

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It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. "The Other Conquest" opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the ... See full summary »




  • Carlos Álvarez in La otra conquista (1998)
  • Topiltzin (Damián Delgado) caught between the Aztec Mother Goddess and the Spanish Virgin Mary.
  • La otra conquista (1998)
  • Friar Diego (José Carlos Rodríguez) and Topiltzin (Damián Delgado) reflect on their spiritual conflict.
  • Salvador Carrasco directing the opening scene (the Great Temple massacre) of The Other Conquest
  • Doña Isabel Moctezuma/Tecuichpo (Elpidia Carrillo) at the Monastery of Our Lady of Light.

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Salvador Carrasco


Salvador Carrasco

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5 October 2002 | tgrudin
A very poignant critique of religion
This film explores the relationships between politics, religion, spirituality, and culture, focusing on some true and some fabricated events of the Spanish invasion of the Aztecs. Biting, the film charges with the idea that the nature of culture and the strength of a highly traditional belief system is not conquerable. Stressing the strength and perseverance of the human will, the film yields unforgettable images, some that stress the deep connection between humanity and religion. One immortal image is of a statue of the Virgin Mary being carefully supported down from a high place with ropes. In this image, the true condition of organized religion is viewed; one that is undeniably buttressed by the will of the people.

With this powerful look at cross-cultural interactions and the strong statements about the role of the missionary, the movie grips its audience, leaving us with a feeling that all human beliefs are related and filtered by our very similar eyes. The message that this movie sends about religious disputes is one of great importance and even greater shrewdness on the part of the movie's creators.

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$305,308 23 April 2000

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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