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Announcement :: Education : International : Media
A screening of three short films by indigenous filmmakers
09 Nov 2006
Date: Thursday November 9th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: MIT campus, building 54 room 100. for a map see:
For many people who live in the developed world use of video cameras, VCR's, TV's, and computers is a daily occurrence. But when one speaks with indigenous peoples about access to this technology they say it is only a dream. For centuries indigenous people and their cultures have been represented by people from the outside. Recently over the past few years there has been an effort to get new communication technology into the hands of indigenous people so that they can represent themselves, with their own words and images. This is what the Chiapas Media Project (CMP) is attempting to do in Southern Mexico.

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 to provide 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.

The Chiapas Media Project is a bi-national partnership that provides tools and training so that marginalized indigenous communities can
establish their own information outlets. The project provides video cameras, editing equipment, computers and appropriate training so that communities in in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico, can tell their own stories in their own words. The emphasis has been in the area of video production. The Chiapas Media Project is currently distributing 16 indigenous productions worldwide.

Aasia Mohammad of the Chiapas Media Project will introduce the three films and lead a discussion afterwards. The event is free and open to the general public. TecsChange in Massachusetts gave some technical support to help the Chiapas Media Project.

"Water and Autonomy," about the water challenges that people face in Chiapas and how communities are finding solutions

"Eyes on What's Inside," an exploration of the economic, social and political factors that lead to two rapes

"The Word of Water," about an indigenous-language community radio

Sponsor(s): MIT Western Hemisphere Project, The Technology and Culture Forum, Tecschange, MIT Womens Studies

For more information, contact:
Kendra Johnson
hemisphere-manboard (at)
See also:

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