Men Of La Mancha, Documentary

"The valiant, the wise, the righter of wrongs, the guardian of orphans and prisoners, sallies forward... 

Too much sanity may be madness, and maddest of all to see life as it is and not as it should be." 
"Don Quixote de La Mancha"

On February 27, 2009, the journey to make the film began, leaving home on a motorcycle to film in charities in Mexico and Central America. Four years later on February 27, 2013, the film is released online. 

DVDs available (below).

Two men leave their professions in California, a lawyer and an engineer, to film Americans living in Central America that serve the poor, orphaned, prisoners and the dying, while at the same time recovering a smashed motorcycle. Taking their roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza they pass through the beautiful and historical Mayan lands of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala experiencing both incredible adventures and maddening misfortunes. They bring hope to others and to themselves but also find great sadness and tragedy on the way and in the days ahead. A full feature documentary film with duration of 91 minutes. English, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

"Men of La Mancha is a spiritual road trip film in the vein of Che Guevara's "Motorcycle Diaries", but instead of a call to political revolution, it is a nudge for an internal revolution to help the needy in the great adventure of life."

Men of La Mancha wins the People's Choice Award 
for Best Film at the John Paul II Film Fest 

"David Whalen’s Men of La Mancha is an epic film that portrays a journey of the chivalrous and Quixotic adventure of a man on a motorcycle in pursuit of a dream: "to see the world not for what it is, but for what it should be." The viewer is confronted with men, women and children who follow their dreams and champion the cause of the poor while fighting the formidable giants of poverty, injustice, and death in Mexico and Central America. This documentary with its multilevel of symbols, images and meaning, reflects at once Miguel de Cervante’s novel while at the same time the audience takes an epic voyage down Homer’s Odyssey and descends to Dante’s Inferno in search of paradise."  --Frank Castillo, John Paul II International Film Festival

Festivals & Awards
The People's Choice Award for Best Film 
     at the John Paul II International Film Festival 2012
The Silver Palm Award 
     at the Mexico International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection at the Oaxaca International Film Fest 2012
Official Selection at the Rome International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection at the Slovakia Motorcycle Film Fest 2013
The Award of Merit at the Accolade Awards 2012

Catholic Univ. of America 2013
Public Television, Washington DC 2013

To view Men of La Mancha on DVD with English, Spanish or Portuguese subtitles, simply make a donation of at least $20 per DVD (to handle costs and shipping). If outside USA, please donate at least $25 per DVD (covers increased shipping costs). The DVDs are family friendly, having dubbed out all profanity.
  Click on Donate and add your mailing address for the DVD.

†All Discs are NTSC with no regional restrictions. DVD sound is Dolby Digital Plus.
†Soundtrack is in English; all Discs have English, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles.
†Our policy is not to refund. However, if a disc is defective please mail it back and we will replace free of charge.

Limited Film Credits
Featuring: David Whalen, Mike Ross, Mother Antonia Brennar, Fr. Mike Sanchez, John Woods, Tim Tam, Moises Aserterno and Magdalena Aguilar
Produced, Directed and Edited by David Whalen
Written by David Whalen and Cintya Ramirez
Photography by David Whalen, Mike Ross, Tom McNeill and Tim Tam
Featuring music by Jeremey Sherman, Snatam Kaur, Aldo Acuna (of Maldita Vecindad), Nok Niuk Performers with Arianne Pelicer Metcalf
Charities Highlighted in the Film: Servants of the 11th Hour, Tijuana, Mexico
Santa Maria Orphanage, Queretaro,
Mexico Rivers of Mercy Children's Home, Juarez, Mexico
The Belize Prison & Kolbe Foundation, Belize
The Good Shepherd Clinic, Belize
The Word at Work, Amarillo, Texas
The Ronald McDonald House, Amarillo, Texas
Baptist St. Anthony Hospital, Amarillo, Texas
La Mancha Media, San Diego, California

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