"A Place Called Chiapas" is not an easy or pleasant film to view. Still, this movie is a must for everyone who wants to learn more about the difficult situation in Chiapas, Mexico. The bravery and creativity of the indigenous people in this area of Mexico is breathtaking. They have managed to tell the world their story, and survive the presence of the well-armed Mexican troops and paramilitary forces. > It would take more than 1 1/2 hours to portray the Mexican government's >repression of the indigenous population of Chiapas. Still, some explanation >would have been useful. The director only explains these matters >more or less in passing. She drops us into the middle of the maelstrom, shows us a lot of fantastic footage, and then ends the film as abruptly as she started it. It is difficult to place the situation in Chiapas in a historic and economic context.
This is not a perfect documentary, but it needs to be seen. I cannot think of any better way to learn about Chiapas, other than going to Chiapas and investigating the situation personally.
Note: Tom Hansen of the Mexico Solidarity Network spoke before and after the movie. He is extremely knowledgeable about Chiapas. >For a group showing, having Tom accompany the film would be a great asset.
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