New paths in Resistance – Zapatista Film Screening 16 July

featuring:
“The War of fear” (2002, 26 mins)
and “Caracoles: new paths in resistance” (2003, 42 mins)

Wednesday 16 July, from 6.30 pm at Happy, corner of Tory and Vivian Streets, Wellington.
Entry by koha / donation.

All proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards assisting the Caracol of La Garrucha to deliver basic health services.

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group is organising monthly film screenings to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous peoples in Mexico. This screening is the second of a series of documentaries made by Zapatista communities explaining their resistance movement and how it is organized.

‘The war of fear: cases of harassment against autonomous communities’ explains how the Mexican government has combated the Zapatista uprising. Small paramilitary groups have been employed to wage a low intensity war against the autonomous communities. Since 2000, there have been more than 16 paramilitary groups operating in the state of Chiapas.

‘Caracoles: new paths in resistance’ tells the story about the creation of the Caracoles. Since 1994, Zapatista indigenous communities have formed 30 autonomous municipalities, which today cover more than half of the state of Chiapas. In order to confront the challenges of self-governance and to construct a more direct bridge to the rest of the world, the Zapatistas announced the birth of the CARACOLES.

Unlike many indigenous communities reduced to accepting token government hand-outs, the Zapatistas are committed to the peaceful development and provision of their own health, education and justice systems.

Please join us at Happy on the corner of Tory and Vivian streets, Wednesday July 16, 6.30 pm. Admission to the screening is by koha.
Links

Urgent Communique From the Zapatistas – Thursday 4 June, 2008:
http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/75539/index.php

More on the Zapatista movement:
http://www.ezln.org.mx (in Spanish)
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/mexico.html
http://chiapas.indymedia.org
http://www.narconews.com

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