Chiapas Media Project
TWO NEW VIDEOS FROM THE CHIAPAS MEDIA PROJECT
The Chiapas Media Project announces two new videos, "Walking Towards the Dawn: The memory, resistance and hope of the communities displaced by war in Chiapas" and "Zapata's Garden".
The Chiapas Media Project is a bi-national organization that provides video and computer equipment and training to marginalized indigenous communities in Southern Mexico. The following videos have been seen recently at the Taos Talking Picture Festival, Arizona Intl. Film and Video Festival, Free Speech TV and the Sundance Film Festival.
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New Video Release From The Chiapas Media Project
The Chiapas Media Project announces the release of �The Silence of the Zapatistas,� a new video produced and edited by Chiapas indigenous video makers. The Silence of the Zapatistas, documents the Zapatista communities� non-violent protests and confrontations with the Mexican military during the period of 1996 to December 2000 in the Autonomous Municipality of San Pedro Michoacan.
The Silence of the Zapatistas
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This video, looks at the lives and work of the organic coffee farmers of the Mut Vitz Coffee Collective.for four years. Begun in 1996, the Mut Vitz Cooperative currently has more than 1000 members. The video was shot and digitally edited by two videomakers who are members of the collective. Over a year in the making, Strength traces the entire organic coffee production process: from seedling to transplant, from cultivation to the roasted bean. The video shows us the challenges that the collective faces in processing their coffee for market and Mut Vitz� achievements using a fair trade model of distribution.
Individual: $25 Institutional: $80
Defending the Forests: The Struggle of the Campesino Environmentalists of Guerrero (Spanish w/ English Subtitles, 18:10 min.)
Defending the Forests delves into the social and environmental effects of illegal deforestation in Guerrero�s Petatl�n and Coyuca de Catal�n regions. Deforestation began in the 1950�s and accelerated under the despotic rule of Governor Ruben Figueroa Figueroa. Since the advent of NAFTA in 1994, logging, militarization and repression all increased in the rural regions of the state. US-based corporations like Boise Cascade have left deserts where virgin forests once stood.
The Organization of the Campesino Environmentalists (OCE) organized and forced Boise Cascade to close up shop, but now are targets of a government and Army-sponsored campaign of repression to silence them. The video exposes the case of OCE co-founders and Rudolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera. Both were recently sentenced to seven years in prison on false charges of weapons and drug trafficking for their courageous activism in defense of the forests.
Individual: $20 Institutional: $70
The Sacred Land (Tzeltal and Spanish with English sub-titles, 18:36 min.)
For more than 500 years indigenous people in Chiapas have been struggling to regain ownership of their lands. Until the Zapatista uprising in 1994, most indigenous people in Chiapas existed by working on large plantations for
rich landowners. The Sacred Land describes what life was like on these plantations. Going back four generations, it includes stories about the slavery-like conditions that people endured. Produced and edited by indigenous video makers, The Sacred Land provides a context for the events of 1994 through a unique insight into the past. The second half of the video shows how life has changed since 1994 and expresses the hopes and dreams of these communities for their collective future.
Individual: $20 Institutional: $70
Education in Resistance (Tzeltal and Spanish with English sub-titles, 21:00 min.)
The Mexican Constitution states that every citizen has a right to a free education. For many Mexicans, especially those of indigenous heritage, this right has never been realized. Education in Resistance looks at the education system that the Mexican government has been providing to indigenous people in Chiapas and why they decided to create an autonomous educational system. Elders describe their experiences in government schools, where they had to pay to attend public school and often experienced physical and psychological abuse. Education promoters in the autonomous system speak about their desire to teach in their communities, the importance of teaching bi-lingual classes, how military presence affects daily life and parents express their hopes for their children�s futures.
Individual: $20 $20 Institutional: $70
New Video Releases
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__________ Defending the Forests: The Struggle of the Campesino Environmentalists of Guerrero Price: $25 Institutional Price: $80 __________ The Strength of the Indigenous People of Mut Vitz Price: $20 Institutional Price: $70 NAME _________________________________________ ADDRESS __________________________________________________________ STATE __________________________ COUNTRY _________________________ MAIL/ZIP CODE ____________________________
Shipping and handling: Please add $4 for first video and $1 for each extra video. For more information call the Chiapas Media Project at 773-583-7728 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other previously released titles from the Chiapas Media Project:
The Chiapas Media Project provides video equipment, computers and training for marginalized Indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. The resulting videotapes offer a unique, firsthand perspective on the lives and struggles of these communities.
Chiapas Media Project/The Indigenous Family( La Familia Indigena) is a compilation of two tapes. The Chiapas Media Project documents the work of the Chiapas Media Project. The 11 minute video features interviews with community members about the effects of militarization in Chiapas and the ways that video technology will be used to record human rights abuses, cultural events, and daily work.
La Familia Indigena takes an intimate look at the role of men and women
in the community of Ejido Morelia. Men and women discuss their individual
and collective work. Shot and edited by community members only six weeks
after their first exposure to video equipment, this six minute work contains
unique shots inside the homes and work places of proud campesinos struggling
for a better life. 1998, 17 minutes, English subtitles
1999,16:00 minutes, Tzeltal with English sub-titles
The Healer (El Curandero) is the first fiction produced by indigenous videomakers trained by the Chiapas Media Project. When Jacinto falls ill, relatives call a traditional healer because the family can�t afford a medical doctor. The Healer takes an intimate look at traditional Mayan healing practices�a combination of indigenous rituals and Christianity.
1999, 34 minutes, Tzotzil with English sub-titles
Recovery of San Andres Sacamch�en (Recuperacion de San de Andres Sacamch�en) and The National Consultation (Consulta Nacional) (compiled on one tape)
Recovery of San Andres Sacamch�en (11 minutes) On April 6, 1999, interim Governor Albores ordered state police to dismantle the autonomous Zapatista council in the community of San Andres Sacamch�en, which had governed since 1995. Army troops and Public Security forces occupied the city hall and installed a PRI mayor. The next day, over 3,000 indigenous campesi�os marched on the town, peacefully re-took the city hall and re-installed their elected officials. This 11 minute video captures the power of organized civil society as thousands of indigenous civilians demonstrate grassroots democracy. To this day there is a 24 hour watch by community members guarding the town hall to prevent further aggressions by the Governor.
The National Consultation (20 minutes) On March 12, 1999, 5,000 Zapatistas left Chiapas to conduct a massive popular education campaign throughout Mexico on indigenous rights and the San Andres Accords. The ensuing nine day campaign led to the �Consulta Nacional� in which citizens were asked to vote on four basic questions regarding indigenous rights. Over three million people cast their ballots in favor of the Zapatista proposals. This video documents the voyage of the Zapatista representatives in the communities of the Municipality of San Juan de la Libertad.
1999, 31 minutes
Tour `99: The Sugar Cane Collective ( El Collectivo de la Ca�a de Azucar) and New Years Eve 1999, Ejido Morelia (A�o Nuevo 1999, Ejido Morelia) (Compiled on one video tape.)
The video begins with a short description of the Chiapas Media Project and interviews with students involved in our computer, women�s and human rights workshops.
The Sugar Cane Collective (6 minutes) illustrates a central activity of the municipality of El Trabajo, where men, women and children combine efforts to produce sugar with hand-made tools, hard work and joy. This amazing video was produced and edited �in camera� (after only four days of video training), and demonstrates the talent and creativity of the indigenous video makers.
New Years Eve 1999, Ejido Morelia (20 minutes) documents New Years eve festivities, the most important celebration of the year, held in the context of government oppression. This video was produced by two videomakers from the region of �San Andr�s Sacamch�en de los Pobres�.
1998, 32 minutes
Chiapas 1998: The Bad Harvest ( La Mala Cosecha) is a collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous videomakers which documents severe food shortages in 1998. A six month drought followed by heavy rains and flooding destroyed 50% of the corn crops and 80% of the bean crops. This natural disaster, combined with the constant harassment of 60,000 troops and coupled with extreme poverty and marginalization, left the communities with few options.
1998, 14:30 minutes
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__________ Chiapas Media Project/ The Indigenous Family (La Familia Indigena) Price: $10 Institutional Price: $50 __________ Women United (Mujeres Unidas) Price: $20 Institutional Price: $70 __________ The Healer (El Curandero) Price: $20 Institutional Price: $75 __________ Recovery of San Andres Sacamch�en and The National Consultation Price: $20 Institutional Price: $70 __________ Tour `99: The Sugar Cane Collective and New Years Eve 1999, Ejido Morelia Price: $20 Institutional Price: $70 __________ Chiapas 1998: The Bad Harvest ( La Mala Cosecha) Price: $15 Institutional Price: $50 NAME _________________________________________ ADDRESS __________________________________________________________ STATE __________________________ COUNTRY _________________________ MAIL/ZIP CODE ____________________________
Shipping and handling: please add $4 for one video and $1 for each extra video. Send order form and check to Chiapas Media Project, 4834 N. Springfield, Chicago, IL 60625. For more information contact the Chiapas Media Project at 773-583-7728 or email@example.com.
The Chiapas Media Project announces a new release from indigenous video-makers, produced by the autonomous municipalities of Los Altos, Chiapas. The new tape consists of two video shorts that document the most significant events of March/April 1999 in Chiapas: the National Consulta and the recovery of San Andres Sacamch'en.
The Recovery of San Andres Sacamch'en de Los Pobres--(11 minutes)
This video captures the power of organized civil society as thousands of indigenous civilians demonstrate grassroots democracy. On April 7, 1999 Interim Governor Roberto Albores Guillen ordered the state police to dismantle (read: ransack) the autonomous council offices of the Municipality of San Andres Sacamch'en, site of the 1995/96 peace talks. The police ousted the elected indigenous leadership, occupied the city hall and installed a PRI mayor. The following day, over 3000 indigenous people marched on San Andres, peacefully re-took the town and re-installed their elected officials. Includes a powerful statement from the Autonomous Council read by a woman who serves on the Council.
The National Consultation in the Municipality of San Juan de la Libertad--(20 minutes)
On March 12, 1999, about 5000 Zapatistas left Chiapas to conduct a massive popular education campaign throughout Mexico on indigenous rights and the San Andres Accords. The ensuing 9-day campaign led to the "Consulta Nacional" in which Mexican citizens were asked to vote on four basic questions regarding indigenous rights. Over 3 million people cast their ballots infavor of the Zapatista's proposals. This video documents the voyage of the Zapatista representatives in the communities of the Municipality of San Juan de la Libertad.The new release contains both of the above videos (32 minutes total). It is available for $20.
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"Tour '99"�is the latest release from the indigenous video-makers in the Autonomous Regions in Chiapas. The video includes 3 parts. The first is a description of the Media Project and the various on-going programs that they sponsor--human rights monitoring, women's workshops and computer workshops.
The second part is an in-camera edit made by people in El Trabajo Autonomous Municipality about their sugar cane collective. The third part, entitled "A�o Nuevo 1999" ("New Years 1999") was filmed in Ejido Morelia and features exclusive video footage of the most recent New Years' celebration there. The video was shot and edited by videomakers from the community of San Andres Sakamch'en.
Also available: "The Bad Harvest" is a fourteen-minute snapshot that documents how 1998's severe weather, intensive militarization and a lack of technical assistance have affected crops in the Chiapan highlands. It tells a poignant story of poverty using first hand testimony from several indigenous communities. "Now we cannot work because we are afraid of the army," laments a young woman who traces a large part of the problem to the military presence throughout the state.
The video is a co-production of indigenous youth who are learning video skills through the Chiapas Media Project and professional video producers from Mexico and the US.
The Bad Harvest-- $15
Set of 2-- $30
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May 19, 1999 - New Video from the Chiapas Media Project
The Chiapas Media Project announces the release of a new 32 minute video tape, "Tour `99", produced by Indigenous video makers from Chiapas, Mexico.
The Chiapas Media Project is a bi-national partnership that is providing video and, computer equipment and training to indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Our mission is to create and nurture processes that empower communities to develop alternative media so that their voices can be heard around the world.
Tour `99 includes: (Three videos)
The video begins with a short montage and description of the Chiapas Media Project�s current programs. There are interviews with students involved in computer, women�s video and human rights promoters workshops. The students discuss how this technology and training will be used and why it is important to their communities.
"El Colectivo de la Ca�a de Azucar" (The Sugar Cane Collective) illustrates a central activity of the municipality of " El Trabajo", where men, women and children combine efforts to produce sugar with hand-made tools, hard work and joy. This amazing video was produced and edited "in camera," and demonstrates the talent and creativity of the indigenous video producers.
"A�o Nuevo 1999, Ejido Morelia" (New Years 1999) documents New
Years Eve festivities, the most important celebration of the year, held
in the context of government oppression. The video was produced by two
videomakers from the region of "San Andres Sakamch'en de los Pobres".
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"Chiapas 1998: La Mala Cosecha" (The Bad Harvest) is a collaboration
between indigenous and non-indigenous videomakers which documents the
food shortages that occurred in 1998. A severe drought followed by heavy
rains and flooding destroyed 50% of the corn crops and 80% of the bean
crops. The crisis caused by these natural disasters is an extra added
hardship to the extreme poverty and marginalization these communities
suffer. Community members discuss the situation and explain how it is
aggravated by the militarization of these communities and the constant
violations of individual and collective rights.
"La Familia Indigena" (The Indigenous Family) takes an intimate
look at the role of men and women in the community of Ejido Morelia. There
are interviews with men and women who discuss their individual and collective
work. Included on this tape at the beginning, are interviews with women
who explain what happens when the Federal Army enters a community and
community members talk about the importance of having access to video
equipment and the types of videos they will produce.
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