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Chiapas Media Project Presentation

The Chiapas Media Project will screen brand new works produced by Indigenous people from communities in resistance at the Harold Washington Library. Oct. 10 at 5pm.
Oct. 10

Chiapas: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
5:00 pm Video Screening at the Harold Washington Library

The Chiapas Media Project will present the most recent short video
documentaries produced and directed by indigenous video makers of Chiapas,

The films that will be shown are:

The Sacred Land
(Tzeltal and Spanish with English sub-titles, 18:36 min.)

For more then 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. It includes stories that go back four generations about
slavery-like conditions in which people worked for the “rancheros”. The
Sacred Land helps provide a context for the events of 1994 through unique
insight into the past. Community members reflect on how life has changed
since 1994 and express their hopes and dreams for their collective future.

Education in Resistance: Autonomous Education in Chiapas
(Tzeltal and Spanish with English sub-titles, 21:03 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 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 new educational system.

For more information contact: The Chiapas Media Project at 773-583-7728



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