A Place Called Chiapas

A Place Called Chiapas

When the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, Canada debated it. In the sovereign state of Chiapas, one of Mexico’s poorest regions, they went to war over it. A vital account of a monumental deadlock, A PLACE CALLED CHIAPAS is an on-the-ground report of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (ELZN) and the people for whom they fight. With one of the largest Indigenous populations in the country, Chiapas is a bastion of the ELZN. With unprecedented access and a tense intimacy, Wild profiles the people who live there, including the elusive Mestizo spokesperson of the movement, Subcomandante Marcos. As Indigenous Mayan communities continue to lost rights over their land, crops and liberty and slip further into tremendous poverty, a massive refugee problem emerges and little remains under autonomous control. // Nettie Wild, Canada, 1998, 92' // Half of all proceeds from the rental of this video go directly to the artist, and half go to support the work of Cinema Politica. To find out more about Cinema Politica, visit: www.cinemapolitica.org.

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