Movies filmed around Catemaco
Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas are famous for dozens of movies, commercials and
documentaries that have been filmed mostly in Nanciyaga, Eyipantla waterfall, and Roca
Partida cliffs.

The list is not complete!

Theater Movies

Apocalypto (2006)
USA, director: Mel Gibson, star: Rudy Youngblood.
Imdb,  Amazon
Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a
violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and
oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by
the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to
return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

Piedras verdes (2001)
México, director: Ángel Flores Torres, star: Osvaldo Benavides.
Imdb, Amazon
This edgy, hip Mexican indie follows the spiritual awakening of a young girl--orphaned,
lost in the world, and desperate to find her way. Mariana (Vanessa Bauche, AMORES
PERROS) was abandoned as a baby when her father deserted the scene of her
mother's tragic death. Now 18, she has been abandoned by her adoptive mother and
depends upon her drug-dealer boyfriend, slipping more and more into an urban
underworld of drugs and parties. Eventually, her lifestyle puts the police on her trail, and
Mariana takes off, leaving the city behind to embark on a search for her biological father
and her own roots. Along the way, she meets Sebastian (Osvaldo Benavides, DUST TO
DUST), a young man who just might be able to help her find herself. The soundtrack
features music from Mexican hit-makers Café Tacuba.
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Hijos del viento (2000)
Spain, director:José Miguel Juárez, star: José Sancho.
As Spanish power waned in Europe, one of the favored games of European powers
was to replace one Spanish king with another. By the time of Napoleon, the Spanish
monarch was Fernando VII (1784-1833), who held and lost that throne many times at
the whim of his father, Napoleon, European powers, and the Spanish people
themselves. This epic war film tells of the exploits of Mina (Jose Alonzo), a Spanish
guerrilla who fought against Napoleon and later struggled against Fernando VII in
Mexico, as that nation fought for independence.

Nanciyaga (1998)
México, director: Julio Fons, star: Felipe Fulop.

Ámbar (1994)
México, director: Luis Estrada, star: Martin Altomaro.
Ambar is a trip that goes beyond the certainties of reality to reveal an astounding world
governed only by imagination. When a famous hunter and his young apprentice go on
an expedition looking for the mythical world of Bogonsor, a place that promises riches
as well as fearsome dangers, they start the adventure that will change their destinies.
Surrounded by fabulous landscapes, extraordinary beings and impossible visions,
Ambar is an obscure mystery that awaits discovery.

Medicine Man (1992)
Curandero de la Selva - Los Ultimos Días del Edén
USA, director: John McTiernan, star: Sean Connery.
Imdb, Amazon
An eccentric scientist working for a large drug company is working on a research
project in the Amazon jungle. He sends for a research assistant and a gas
chromatograph because he's close to a cure for cancer. When the assistant turns out
to be a "mere woman," he rejects her help. Meanwhile the bulldozers get closer to the
area in which they are conducting research, and they eventually learn to work together,
and begin falling in love.

Mina, viento de libertad (1977)
Cuba / México, director: Antonio Eceiza, star: Pedro Armendáriz Jr..
Tale of a Basque freedom fighter involved in the insurrection against Spain  in Europe
and Mexico and ultimately executed.

Muerte en el jardin,  (1956)
La mort en ce jardin, Death in the Garden
France / México, director: Luis Buñuel, star: Simone Signoret.
An adventurer comes to small village of gold miners. He is arrested and accused of
bank robbery. The police confiscate the gold mine for the state. They revolt
unsuccessfully and flea into the jungle to start a new life.
A recurring theme in Buñuel’s work is the attack of Christianity, and even more,
Catholicism. His first important reflection about this theme is made in this film.

Sombra Verde, (1954)
Green Shadow
Mexico, director Roberto Galvadon, star: Ricardo Montalban
imdb, Amazon
Taking a brief respite from his Hollywood career, Ricardo Montalban essays a role in his
native language. Montalban plays an adventurous young chemist who goes on a
scientific expedition in the tropical regions of Vera Cruz. After battling all sorts of natural
enemies, Montalban comes face to face with a human fugitive-from-justice and falls in
The Burning Season
The life of Chico Méndez,
An ecology activist is murdered after protesting the ecological destruction of the Amazon

Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 (1993)
Enfermeras en la Linea: El accidente del vuelo 7
USA (TV), director: Larry Shaw, star: Lindsey Wagner, Jennifer Lopez.
A couple of student nurses decide to join some doctors to work in a medical station in
the rain-forest a few hours flying-time from the Mexican town Catamaco. As they fly
from Catamaco towards the clinic (which actually consists of just a few huts and almost
none equipment) one of their three planes has to go down because of engine
passengers. The following day describes the attempts to save the lifes of the
passengers (both nurses and doctors) in spite of the poor chances they seem to have.
There is almost no medicine available, the supplies they brought with them were all on
the plane going down and were stolen by native drug-dealers when they arived at the
site of the crash first. In the afternoon they decide to take the injured to a nearby village
with a runway long enough that the Learjet of the Californian Air Rescue team could take
them to a clinic in the U.S. Not only is the journey there very complicated (one of the
injured could pass away any minute) but it may also be futile: Due to recent anti-drug
operations no plane is allowed to fly after dark, so the Air Rescue Team is not able to get
clearance for their mission. Dr. Daniel Perrin sets off to Catemaco to persuade the
authorities into giving their permission for the flight while the rest is trying to get to the
runway by dawn
Television Movies