In the early morning hours of January 28th, 1918, the town known as Porvenir, Texas ceased to exist. A group of fifteen fathers, uncles, brothers and sons were pulled from their homes to be executed in front of their daughters, mothers and sisters. The perpetrators then burned the town to the ground forcing the remaining residents, made up of mostly women and children, to flee. Who were the killers? Why did they carry out such a horrific act? Through new and archival interviews, site excavations and dramatic re-enactments, PORVENIR, TEXAS explores this tragic story, revisits what led to the events of that fateful night, and reveals tensions that remain a century later. Descendants of both victims and killers recount the stories passed down from Porvenir, while others are completely unaware that this crucial piece of history exists. Their anecdotal evidence points to the possible reasons why the village of Porvenir was targeted, exploring this tragedy on a personal level and understanding how it is relevant in today’s polarized political climate.

About the Director


Andrew Shapter is an Austin based lm director, writer, and photographer. Shapter is known for his films: “Before the Music Dies”, “Happiness Is”, and “The Teller and the Truth”. He is a graduate of Texas State University with a degree in Political Science. He was twice voted “Best Photographer” by the readers of the Austin Chronicle.

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