Host the Chiapas Media Project Tour in Your Town!

The Chiapas Media Project (CMP), a bi-national collaboration that provides video and computer equipment and training to marginalized indigenous communities in Southern Mexico will be touring the Northwest of the U.S. October 2001. The CMP will be screening the most recent videos produced by indigenous video makers from Chiapas, Mexico.

The Chiapas Media Project (CMP), a bi-national collaboration that provides video and computer equipment and training to marginalized indigenous communities in Southern Mexico will be touring the Northwest of the U.S. October 2001. The CMP will be screening the most recent videos produced by indigenous video makers from Chiapas, Mexico.

The CMP has presented videos at numerous universities, museums, film and video festivals around the world. This year the CMP has presented at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival,
CinemaTexas, Milan International Film Festival among others.

The CMP is available for presentations at universities, and public venues. Alexandra Halkin, CMP Founder and Director will be presenting the videos.

Presentations need a minimum of 1 1/2 hours and involve discussion of current situation in Chiapas, and indigenous media with Q &A after
screening the videos. Equipment needs are a video projector and VCR with audio system.

The CMP requests an honorarium plus transportation and housing. We are open to discussing the honorarium amount based on the financial abilities of the sponsoring organization/institution.

Information packets are available which
include articles on the CMP, bios, photos etc.

Also please check our web-site: http://www.chiapasmediaproject.org .

For further information please call Alex at 773-583-7728
or email us at cmp@chiapasmediaproject.org

These are the tentative dates the CMP will be available in your area:

October 15-18
Northern California

October 19-24
Oregon

October 25-28
Washington

October 29-30
Idaho

DESCRIPTIONS OF VIDEOS TO BE SCREENED AT PRESENTATIONS:

The Silence of the Zapatistas (Spanish w/English sub-titles, 2001, 12:25)

On December 2, 2000 the day after the change of government in Mexico the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) declared an end to it’s
silence and announced it’s decision to travel to Mexico City to speak in front of the Mexican Congress in support of the San Andres Accords.

The Strength of the Indigenous People of Mut Vitz: Producing Fair Trade Organic Coffee in the Highlands of Chiapas (Tzotzil and Spanish, w/ English subtitles, 2000, 27:05 min.)

Begun in 1996, the Mut Vitz organic coffee cooperative currently has more than 1000 members. Members of the collective talk about the
challenges that the collective faces in processing their coffee for market and Mut Vitza’s achievements using a fair trade model of distribution.

Defending the Forests: The Struggle of the Campesino Environmentalists of Guerrero (Spanish w/ English Subtitles, 2000, 18:10 min.)

Defending the Forests, is the story of the Organization of the Campesino Environmentalists (O.C.E.) created in 1996, and their success in halting Boise Cascade’s exploitation of their forests. The video describes through the members of the O.C.E., the Mexican government’s campaign to destroy the O.C.E. and the arrest and torture by the Mexican Military of O.C.E.
co-founders,

The Sacred Land, (Tzeltal and Spanish with English sub-titles, 2000, 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. The Sacred Land describes what life was like on these plantations.

Education in Resistance, (Tzeltal and Spanish with English sub-titles, 2000, 21:03 min.)

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.

Author: Chiapas Media Project

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URL: http://chiapasmediaproject.org/