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Film screening & discussion with guests from Mexico!

News from May 17, 2010

Please join us for the screening of a documentary made by the Indigenous Mexican filmmaker José Alfredo Jímenez:  

Acteal, 10 years of impunity, and how many more?


Date : Friday, May 21 2010

Location: Moviemento Cinema (Kottbusser Damm 22 – Berlin, Kreuzberg)

Time: 4pm


The filmmaker will be present for discussion, together with Dr. Axel Köhler from the Indigenous Filmmakers Project in Chiapas, Mexico.

Entrance is free.


2007-2008, 45 min., Tsotsil and Spanish with English subtitles.

Documentary dedicated to the memory of the 45 people, mostly women and children, who were massacred by paramilitary forces on the 22nd of December 1997 in Acteal, Chiapas. Through the testimony of survivors and those involved in the process of investigating the case and trying to organise fair judicial hearings, the video examines why those responsible for the massacre, both its intellectual authors and the perpetrators of the crime, have never been brought to justice. We become witness to the political manipulations of the Mexican government, its strategies of low intensity warfare waged in Chiapas, and the impunity that impedes a closure of this painful incident.


Bio: José Alfredo Jiménez, age 34, is a Tsotsil speaker from the municipality of Chenalhó, Chiapas, where he is working as a videomaker and social communicator for his organisation, Sociedad Civil Las Abejas (Civil Society The Bees). He trained as a journalist in 2002 and began to produce videos in 2005 with the Red de Comunicadores Boca de Polen (Mouth of Pollen Communicators’ Network). He has served as a member of the board of directors of his organisation in 2007 and is currently its elected president. José Alfredo has participated as co-author in the Agenda 2008 published by CIESAS and PVIFS. Together with six Mayan artists and community communicators and three non-Mayan anthropologists and artists, he is also co-author of the book "Sjalel Kibeltik: Tejiendo Nuestras Raíces" (Weaving our roots). He has participated in a number of film and video festivals, among them the International Film and Video Festival of Indigenous Peoples in Oaxaca (Mexico), the International Film Festival of Morelia in Michoacán (Mexico) and the XIV Festival of Indigenous Film and Video organised by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute, New York. He has produced 5 videos about the political struggle of his organisation for justice and social movements in Mexico.


The documentary will also be screened on Wednesday, May 19th at 8pm in the office of the Lateinamerika Nachrichten in Mehringhof, Gneisenaustr. 2a, and during the workshop "MediaSpaces - Culture and Representation in Mexico" at the ‏Lateinamerika-Institut (Freie Universität Berlin).


For more information, please contact Florian Walter: filming_culture@yahoo.com