A film screening by the Chiapas Media Project, a project of the Americas Media Initiative

Film screening
Apr 13, 2012
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
117 HUB, Robeson Center

Alex Halkin

Please join us for a film screening provided by the Chiapas Media Project, a project of the Americas Media Initiative. The Chiapas Media Project (CMP)/Promedios is an award winning, bi-national partnership that provides video equipment, computers and training enabling marginalized indigenous communities in Southern Mexico to create their own media. Since 1998, CMP instructors have worked in close collaboration with autonomous Zapatista communities. Indigenous youth with little formal education, and often working without reliable electricity, have produced videos on agricultural collectives, fair trade coffee, women’s collectives, autonomous education, traditional healing and the history of their struggle for land.

The Films:

Living Juárez: Collateral Damage in Mexico's Drug War (20 minutes) looks at the Ciudad Juárez neighborhood where in January 2010, of a group of youth attending a birthday party were brutally murdered. In the aftermath, Calderón characterized the youth as gang members, and outraged families confronted Calderón at public forums.

Paying the Price (35 minutes) examines the lives of migrant workers from the town of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. We follow them from their community to a large Sinaloa agribusiness camp, Buen Año, where they pick exotic Chinese vegetables for export to the US and Canada. We see the hardships faced by these workers in their community of origin, largely abandoned by the local and state governments

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