Latin America

Movies about the social movements in Latin America

¡Viva México!

A journey through Mexico with the Zapatistas and Subcommandante Marcos

In a journey from the mountains of southeastern Mexico to the northern border with the United States, Subcommander Marcos and the people of Mexico trace the forgotten face of a country. A celebration of the struggle for land and dignity.

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In Oaxaca nothing happens?

¿En Oaxaca no pasa nada?

The Year 2006, Oaxaca, Mexico. A teacher's strike is brutally reprimanded by the local authorities. The population then decides to overthrow the authority and govern themselves. After six months, President Fox deploys special armed forces to "restore order". The is very little coverage of the events by the media.

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ASPAN - security and prosperity for the rich

exploitation and militarization for the peoples

The documentary explains in eleven chapters what the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP, Alianza para la Seguridad y Prosperidad de América del Norte/ ASPAN) implicates for the people in Mexico, the United States and Canada: its antidemocratic character, the loss of sovereignty, the enlargement of the neoliberal model, militarization, a growing ciminalization of social protest, the exploitation and privatization of natural and energetic ressources, the adaption of laws, its effect on indigenous peoples and the strong resistence against this militaristic and antidemocratic alliance.

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Mexico Magico

documentary about social movements in Mexico

"The opportunity that presents itself right now in Mexico is, that for the first time, people are seriously outlining an idea of how to solve problems with their own means and in mutual solidarity. For the first time since Mexico's independence people have stopped turning their eyes upwards and waiting for some good lord or hero to come and solve the problem... Professional politicians have not managed to bring about results, and the misery has assumed such proportions that people have started working out their own initiatives." Yeyo, coordinator of the "Universidad de la Tierra", Oaxaca 2007

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A little bit of so much truth

chronicle of a rebellion in Oaxaca/Mexico

In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century. But it was the people's use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca.

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The new attack

Interview with Ernesto Ledesma (CAPISE) about the Mexican State's new offensive against the zapatist indigenous communities in Chiapas / Mexico.

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our oil and other tales

Venezuela 2006

A two-month journey across Venezuela, from Lake Maracaibo to the Orinoco Delta. The people of the oil fields and the mining centres talk of their close encounter with these exploitations. For the first time, in the revolutionary Venezuela, a documentary delves deep in the problematic of oil and coal, from the angle of the life experience of communities, oil workers, indigenous people.

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i the film

Argentina, Indymedia and the questions of communication

"i" is a meditation on the relationship between media and power as it is manifested by the worlds largest all volunteer network of media activists — Indymedia. The feature-length documentary follows the first year of a small collective in Buenos Aires as it struggles amidst assassinations, a collapsing economy, and a whirlwind of political upheaval.

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Tierra de mujeres - Land of women

Indigenous women fighting for a dignified life in Chiapas, Mexico

Being indigenous in Chiapas, Mexico, generally means being poor and discriminated because of your dress, language, music, traditions and culture. And it's even harder for indigenous women because they often have no rights even within their own society.

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Breaking the siege

a film about the events in Atenco / Mexico 2006

San Salvador Atenco, May 2006. A small town in the suburbs of Mexico City. Two months before the presidential elections, a conflict for land and rights escalates between the population of Atenco and the Mexican government. Unbelievable events take place: the police attack a marketplace, the inhabitants block the highways leading to the city, and confrontations between an outraged population and police forces break out. The state of emergency goes on for several days and culminates in the death of a 14 year old boy.

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Las grandes alamedas

the large avenues

Chile is often considered an economic and social model in Latinamerica. This documentary tells another story. It leads us from the dictatorship under Pinochet straight to neoliberalism today. The military coup of 1973 started a violent economical and social restructuring ending in levels of privatisations that haven't reached Europe yet and a total market liberalisation. This has led not only to economic growth that the international press loves to highlight but also initiatied a total sell-out of the country to private capital and multinational corporations.

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Eye of the Storm

Eye of the Storm explores the relationship between media, money, and power in contemporary Argentina and beyond. This short film also tells the story of Indymedia, a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage.

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