Zapatista is a documentary that chronicles the history of the Zapatistas (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, or EZLN) a group of indigenous Mexicans (from Mayan peasant origin) organized for the rights of their land, culture, and people. The film shows how the Zapatistas were able to build strength in their movement and ultimately made international news on January 1, 1994 [timed to coincide with the day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect], when they took over several cities in their home state of Chiapas, using the publicity to demand to the government that they were fighting for national democracy, sovereignty over their own land, culture, and means of survival. They also declared that they were opposed to international trade agreements (such as NAFTA) that they felt would ultimately put the interests of international corporations over their own. The documentary features interviews with several Zapatistas: spokesman Subcomandante Marcos (whose communiqués have made him world famous), insurgent leader Tacho, and insurgent leader Ana Maria. Zach de la Rocha (from US political band Rage Against the Machine) and Noam Chomsky provide supportive commentary and analysis.
Big Noise Films/Media Boutique
The Zapatistas, Subcomandante Marcos, Noam Chomsky, Zach de la Rocha, Medea Benjamin
Zapatista, Mexico, indigenous, Chiapas, revolutionary, NAFTA
15- 100 Category:
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