Chito, Chiapas, Mexico

Chito, artist from Chiapas, Mexico

Film:  “Zapatistas” by Big Noise Productions

Produced/Directed: Benjamin Eichert, Richard Rowley, State Sandberg
Editors: Media Boutique
Narrators: Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Geronimo Pratt, Mumia Abu-Jamal

January1, 1994. The day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. A few minutes after midnight in Southeastern Mexico,several thousand Mayan soldiers take over haf the state of Chiapas,declaring a war against the global corporate power they say rules Mexico. They call themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army(EZLN).

Zapatista is the definitive look at the uprising in Chiapas. It is the story of a Mayan peasant rebellion armed with sticks and their word against a first world military. It is the story of a global movement that has fought 175,000 federal troops to a stand stilland transformed Mexican and international political culture forever.

Featuring Interviews with: Subcomandante Marcos, Noam Chomsky, Comandante Tacho,David and Zebedeo, Mayor Insurgente Ana Maria, Javier Elorriaga, Zachde la Rocha.