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Our Feature Documentary
La Recua - The Mule Pack Train
Follow the whole Recua Ride on Facebook - Posts from March 2018 to March 2021
was completed in January 2021
Within 6 weeks it was
Selected for Screening
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Within 8 weeks La Recua was Selected for Screening
at the 54th annual Houston Worldfest
It Then Won A Coveted Remi Award!
Watch the Trailer:
Watch a fun 40-minute interview of
Behind the Scenes - La Recua
(this full-cut, produced for the Todos Santos film Festival, has La Recua trailer included;
our 40-minute interview begins at 2 minutes 20 seconds)
Or, watch the 9-minute interview "short" version - click here!
A Dozen Donkeys and a Dream!
An old desert-grown Vaquero in Baja California, México has
a new goal in life; so he gathers a herd of mules and donkeys, builds saddles
and traditional gear for his outfit, and plans an historic re-enactment of
the old-time merchant pack-trains that once traveled through that rugged mountain
country over 100 years ago. His 8-year-old grandson becomes his right-hand man
along the two-hundred-mile fading mission trail.
Storyline / Theme
Dario Higuera has a dream. He knows it will take some time to make the old-style
recua gear. A part of the film will describe how the pack-string equipment was
made or gathered; part describes the history of the old falluqueros and their
lifestyle; and in general the story will be dedicated to how our present-day
burros and arrieros are re-enacting an era of commerce, las recuas (the
'old-time truckers') that was key to livelihood and ranching culture for centuries
on the lower California peninsula.
Documenting vignettes along every step of the way, Dario and his compañeros
will herd those donkeys across 200 miles of spectacular desert and down the old
California mission and cargo trails. Some of his family will join him on the trail.
Ramoncito adores his grandfather, and their bond is bound to strengthen as they
share hardships and heartfelt moments along the way. Amigos old and new may ride
along on the journey, exchanging memories of the past and enlightening viewers to
the concept of pre-highway peninsular travel.
Twining their stories together like the strands of a horsehair rope, the thread
of this epic journey will be to weave the Californio vaquero and
arriero history, and the personal backgrounds of Dario Higuera and his
companions into an exciting tale as they move that "long-eared cargo train"
down the trail...and realize "Dario's Dream."
Recua - From Ar. Hispanic Rákbah, and east Arabic classic
- set of cargo animals, used to carry
- a multitude of things that go or follow one after the other
Trailers from the Trail show highlights of our 20 day ride.
Traditions and Change
Here are a few pre-film teasers that we researched and produced in summer 2017
An Excellent Overview of Dario's Dream
Surprise - An Aging Cowboy
Old Time Wine
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