A documentary about “The Forgotten Eagles” details the little-known history of the Aztec Eagle Fighter Squadron, which was created by Franklin Roosevelt and Mexican President Manuel Avila Camacho.
These bilingual aviators and support personnel helped to liberate the Philippines in World War II.
The 71 minute documentary took three years to complete and blends archive footage of the squadron in training missions as well as combat zone scenes. The movie also includes interviews with surviving servicemen and women.
“This is a powerful, positive story of Mexico partnering with the United States to help liberate a former sister colony of Mexico from a brutal Japanese occupation; it’s also a dramatic personal story, told first-hand by the Mexicans, Filipinos and Americans who lived it,” said Victor Mancilla, the film’s producer and director.