Chiapas Media Project
Women United 1999 16:00 Tzeltal with English ST
focuses on indigenous women's collective work in the autonomous community of 17, November, Chiapas Mexico. Collective work has become an important tool for the women involved in the movement for social and economic justice.
The Healer 1999 34:00 Tzotzil with English ST
The first fiction by indigenous video makers trained by the Chiapas Media Project. When Jacinto gets sick working in the fields, a local healer is called upon by relatives to cure him because the family can't afford a medical doctor.
Recovery of the Autonomous Presidency of San Andres Scamch'eN 199911:00
This video captures the power of organized civil society as thousands of indigenous civilians demonstrate grassroots democracy. On April 6, 1999, interim Governor Albores of Chiapas ordered state police to dismantle the autonomous Zapatista council of the Municipality of San Andres Sacamch'en, they occupied the city hall and installed a PRI mayor. The following day over 3,000 indigenous campesiños marched on the town of San Andres, peacefully re-took the city hall and reinstalled their elected officials.
Tour '99, 1998 32:00
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.
New years Eve 1999, Ejido Morelia documents New Years Eve festivities, the most important celebration of the year held in the context of government oppression.
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