Documentary Film: A Place Called Chiapas

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Documentary Film: A Place Called Chiapas

Time: September 29, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: Maple Ridge City Hall, Council Chambers
Street: 11995 Carr St
City/Town: Maple Ridge
Phone: 604 466-3144
Event Type: cinema, poltica, ridge, meadows, documentary, film
Organized By: Oosha Ramsoondar
Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2016

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When NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) came into effect on January 1, 1994 the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), an army of indigenous Mayan peasants, rose in revolt in the Chiapas region of Mexico. These “People Of The Corn” realized this new trade agreement was a “death certificate” to their indigenous economy and way of life. Mexico would be flooded with cheap, heavily subsidized corn from the US that would drive out the local producers, decimate local economies and leave in its wake increased food insecurity. This is a struggle to preserve their culture, traditions and their very economic existence.

A Place Called Chiapas” tells the story of the Zapatistas and their struggle, featuring an interview with Subcomandante Marcos, a spokesman of the resistance. Thousands of Mayan villagers sympathetic to the movement are evicted from their villages while the pro government right wing militia called “Paz y Justicia” or “Peace and Justice” are determined to quash the revolution. The Church is also involved as as a mediator between the villagers and the militia. How will it end?

Winner Best Feature Length Documentary 1999 Genie Awards.

Special Guest(s): Raul Gatica (an indigenous political activist from Oaxaca, Mexico)


Twitter: @cpmrp


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