Kriser Screening Room, Dept. of Anthropology
(First floor, 25 Waverly Pl.)
In the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, indigenous video makers are
engaged in coverage of human rights violations, social unrest, and
indigenous demands, as well as exploring new visions of media use
through cultural preservation and collective production. Three award-
winning producers from the area will screen clips and discuss the
social role of media in their communities:
Mariano Estrada (Tseltal), from Palenque, Chiapas, produces
documentary videos with Comité de Defensa para la Libertad Indígena
(CDLI), an organization that supports indigenous rights in Chiapas,
Mexico. His video Rostro de la Historia Indígena won Best Documentary
at the Geografías Suaves festival in Mexico in 2004. He received a
National Video Resources Media Arts Fellowship in 2002.
Sergio Julián (Mixtec) of Ojo de Agua Comunicación in Oaxaca City, is
a video maker and web master who has been closely involved in media
training and production in indigenous communities in Oaxaca for over
a decade. He will discuss the Mal de Ojo collective, which emerged
from the teacher’s strike in June 2006 to document the protests and
repression of the largest social movement the city has seen.
Pedro Daniel López (Tsotsil), from Zinacantán, Chiapas works in
indigenous communication with Proyecto Videoastas Indígenas de la
Frontera Sur. His most recent video, K’evujel ta Jteklum/Song of our
Land has screened at numerous international festivals in Chile,
Mexico and the US. He is a 2006 recipient of the Media Arts grant
from Re:Media (ex-National Video Resources).
Presented by Dept. of Anthropology / Center for Media Culture &
History / Center for Latin American & and Caribbean Studies in
conjunction with the 13th Native American Film & Video Festival,
National Museum of American Indian (Nov. 30 – Dec. 3).