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Films made by through the Chiapas Media Project will be shown in PDX, Wed & Thur.

4 films made by indigenous communities in Southern Mexico through the Chiapas Media Project will be shown in 4 locations this Wed & Thurs. in PDX.
CMP is:
In February of 1998, The CMP began as a result of conversations with autonomous Zapatista communities who were requesting access to video and computer technology. The Zapatista's or Zapatista Army of National Liberation, are an indigenous movement made of up Tzotzil, Chol, Tojolabal, Mum and Tzeltal Mayan Indians. They became known to the world via the internet on January 1, 1994 when they staged an armed uprising and took over six towns in Chiapas demanding that indigenous rights be recognized in the Mexican constitution. Another demand was the formation of indigenous controlled TV and radio throughout Mexico.
Since 1998 the CMP has been working as a bi-national partnership to providing video and computer equipment and training to indigenous and campesino communities in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. The emphasis has been in the area of video production. The Chiapas Media Project is currently distributing 16 indigenous productions worldwide. For more info about CMP go to www.promedios.org.

All 4 films will be shown at the following times and places, free and open to the public. donations suggested to benifit the CMP:
Wednesday, Feb 23rd:
-Portland State University, From 3:00-5:00pm in the Smith Memorial Student Union building room 298 on the PSU campus.
- Lewis and Clark College (7 pm) Council Chambers, Templeton
Thursday, Feb. 24
-Reed College (5pm) Vollum Lecture Hall.
-Feb. 24 Liberty Hall (7:30 pm) 311 N. Ivy St.

These events are part of Chiapas Solidarity Week, which culminates with the
send-off of the Friendshipment Caravan to Chiapas on Feb. 26, 6:00pm,
at the IWW Hall, 616 E. Burnside.

P.S The pickup truck that the CMP uses to coordinate video work amongst
the various Zapatista zones was stolen last month. Many people believe
this theft was politically motivated. PCASC/ CBLOC hosts this series of
Portland screenings to regenerate some of the money necessary to
purchase a new vehicle. Also, the CMP is looking for a 94-98 Nissan
pickup, preferably 4X4. Good condition, $0-$5000.

The 4 films that will be shown in Portland are:

Caracoles: New Paths of Resistance --new release--
(Spanish with English subtitles, 42 minutes, 2003) Produced in August 2003 in the communities of Oventik and Morelia by 18 Zapatista video makers, Caracoles is a celebration of the death of the Aguascalientes and the birth of the Caracoles and the Good Government Assemblies. Various members of the Zapatista leadership discuss how these changes will affect internal political and economic processes, gender relations, and their relationship to international civil society. The video is an open call to join with the Zapatista communities in their struggle for recognition of their autonomy and in their fight against neo-liberal economic policies and globalization.

Water and Autonomy --new release--
(Spanish and Tzeltal with English subtitles, 14:12 minutes, 2003) Many of the indigenous communities in Chiapas have no access to potable water. Water and Autonomy looks at this serious problem and how the Zapatista communities are solving it. Through solidarity and training from internationals many communities are now building their own water systems. Members of the communities speak about ways the water project fits into their autonomous process, helps fight sickness, has provided a means of reflection for how to protect existing water sources and represents another means of resistance to globalization projects like the Plan Puebla Panama.

Xulum'Chon: Weavers in Resistance from the Highlands --new release--
(Tzotzil with Spanish sub-titles, 15:30, 2003) Xulum’Chon is an indigenous Tzoltzil women’s collective in the Highlands of Chiapas. Through their work as weavers, they struggle to receive a just price for their work so they can provide their children a dignified life, education for their children and support to continue in their resistance. This video was made to promote their work and demonstrates their effort to find commercial outlets for their products. The women speak about their work as weavers, and other collectives they are involved in such as gardens, bakeries, and farm animals and how this work helps to build and support the autonomous process of their communities.

Reclaiming Justice: Guerrero's Indigenous Community Police
"Reclaiming Justice" is the story of 42 Mixteco and Tlapaneco communities in the Costa-Monta-a region of Guerrero who, faced with injustice and corruption of local authorities, established the Indigenous Community Police (ICP) in 1995.Based on the traditional Indigenous justice system, the ICP is a volunteer organization elected by regional assembly. With the ICP, crime dropped substantially, organized crime has nearly disappeared, and police corruption is nonexistent.  Instead of supporting the ICP, state and local governments attacked them publicly and claimed that they function outside the law. "Reclaiming Justice" gives voice to members of the ICP, demonstrates their success in creating community security, and shows how the ICP restored dignity and pride to Indigenous communities despite opposition by corrupt authorities.
(Spanish with English subtitles, 25:00, 2002)

homepage: homepage: http://www.promedios.org

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Thanks for the promo Indymedia!! 21.Feb.2005 11:49


Here are some more photos of CMP video-makers in action/training...people should check this out. It is a community-based media project where indigenous video-makers from Zapatista communities in resistance tell their own stories through their own words and images. After seven years of transition, the communities have assumed control of the project. The CMP, or Promedios as it is known in Mexico, has been integrated into the Zapatista autonomous system. US-based tours are helpful in raising the funds necessary for the continued success of the project.

Alex Halkin, CMP founder will present the videos and be on hand to discuss the CMP, indigenous-based media in the Americas, and the current political situation in Chiapas.