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A Place Called Chiapas (1998)

When the Zapatista National Liberation Army took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico, the government deployed its troops and at least 145 people died in the ensuing battle. ... See full summary »

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When the Zapatista National Liberation Army took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico, the government deployed its troops and at least 145 people died in the ensuing battle. Filmmaker Nettie Wild traveled to the jungle canyons of southern Mexico to film the elusive and fragile life of the rebellion.

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7 May 1998 (Germany)  »

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$891,000 (estimated)

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$8,639 (USA) (9 April 1999)

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$229,793 (USA) (6 August 1999)
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Rough but well worth a look
13 April 1999 | by (Rochester, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

It's far from polished, but as always a documentary camera in sympathetic hands can capture unexpected and vital truths about a tough political situation. In this case, although the Zapatista commandants themselves are a fairly sympathetic lot, their dreams of revolution are being fought by the far more moving 2,000 (now more) very poor, powerless and uncertain people in the northern part of Chiapas -- people who have no guns and very little voice. If it did nothing else, the film awakened me to that part of the problem. Marcos comes off as something of a poseur, but since he has been there twelve years you want to have faith that he and his anonymous comrades will prove to be the heroes the indigenous people need.


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