“El Barrio Women Fighting for Freedom and Against Displacement,” is a film presented by Movement for Justice in El Barrio at the ground-breaking first worldwide online Women’s Freedom Conference, held on October 25th, 2015.
The purpose of this historic conference was to concentrate and amplify the unique voices and experiences of women of color (Black, Asian, Latino and Indigenous women) who have little or no representation, and who have been deprived of their rights not only by patriarchy but also through racism and other forms of oppression. These intersections helps shape and define their identities and their common struggles.
More than 20 presentations by women from all five continents were chosen to be shared at the conference after a rigorous selection process. The only organization selected to participate was Movement for Justice in El Barrio, the migrant community organization fighting for dignity and against displacement in East Harlem, New York.
The film they presented highlights three of the many women of color who lead the organization, as they struggle for freedom and against displacement and oblivion. As they take on local companies and multinational corporations, the women declare their opposition to the new plans for rezoning being imposed from above, which threaten to displace low income tenants, immigrants and people of color from their homes and community in East Harlem. As they struggle for freedom, the women of Movement for Justice in El Barrio are also building a new world in which many worlds fit. This film is a powerful story of migrant women of color coming together and constructing a new culture of resistance in El Barrio.
Feminista Jones, one of the main organizers of the Women’s Freedom Conference, was asked why this particular organization was chosen. She replied:
“We selected Movement for Justice in El Barrio because our mission was to highlight the work being done by women of color around the world. When we read the submission and watched the screen test, we were so inspired by the work of the women featured. The work that Movement for Justice in El Barrio is doing is important, empowering, and inspirational, and the Women’s Freedom Conference was honored to showcase their commitment to social justice on such a global stage.”
21 December 2012 — Zapatista March of Silence (a 3-minute video)
Did you hear it? It is the sound of your world crumbling. It is the sound of our world resurging. The day that was day, was night. And night shall be the day that will be day. Democracy! Liberty! Justice!
From the Mountains of Southeastern Mexico the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee
Analysis of the march here: Lessons in organization and dignity from the Zapatistas
History is rarely told by those who live and make it. Communication promoters created these documentaries as part of a collective video project in which the EZLN’s Autonomous Rebel Zapatista Municipalities document and tell their own stories.1998 – 2010 Chiapas, Mexico. English subtitles.
Introduction / Introducción (2010)
(1m11s) AVI file (15 MB)
Zapatista Visual Notebook / Bitácora del audiovisual zapatista (2010 / promedios)
(5m29s) Vimeo / AVI file (74 MB)
The Silence of the Zapatistas / El silencio de los Zapatistas (2001 / promedios)
(12m42s) Vimeo / AVI file (422 MB)
The Other Communication / La otra comunicacion (2009 / promedios)
(7m47s) Vimeo / AVI file (231 MB)
The Land Belongs to Those Who Work It / La tierra es de quien la trabaja (2004)
(15m22s) Vimeo: part 1 / Vimeo: part 2 / AVI file (536 MB)
The Life of Women in Resistance / La vida de la mujer en resistencia (2005)
(17m16s) Vimeo: part 1 / Vimeo: part 2 / AVI file (606 MB)
Chiapas Media Project / Proyecto de medios (1998)
(11m27s) Vimeo / AVI file (311 MB)
The Sacred Land / Tierra sagrada (2000)
(18m45s) AVI file (624 MB)
‘We have to laugh because laughter is the first sign of freedom’.
— Rosario Castellanos (1925 – 1974) , author and diplomat, native of Chiapas
Spring Breakers Without Borders
Who loves beer funnels, wet t-shirts, and out-of-control violence in Mexico? “Spring Breakers Without Borders,” that’s who! This video gives a positive spin the US-financed War on Drugs in Mexico and the tourist trade. And it’s really funny! (7m55s) Gringoyo
F***ed Mexico 2010
In 1810 Mexico rose up and declared independence … in 1910 Mexico got a revolution underway … and now in 201, Field Smith asks isn’t it time for Mexico to accepted it’s f***ed?
Meet four agents from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, and the women who chase them. They lost their children, husbands, siblings and parents because of the U.S. “War on Drugs” in Mexico.
Love In Times of Influenza
Follow the adventures of an executive from U.S. Agribusiness giant Smithfield Foods as he searches for his beloved pig Michelle during the Influenza lockdown of Mexico City exactly one year ago.
News and other stuff
Video message from the San Marcos Aviles Zapatista August 2012 — direct from the highlands of Chiapas. The SMA Zapatistas denounce plans being made by local RPI and Green Party members to attack and displace Zapatitas from their communities. Zapatista denunciations are cooraborated by local party activists who are boasting that they feel very capable of doing this, as the candidate Leonardo Guirao Aguilar (PVEM, Mexico’s Green Party) won the recent local elections in the Municipality of Chilón, and the PRI won at the federal level.
Sign the Worldwide Echo in support of the Zapatistas: Freedom and Justice for San Marcos Avilés
Mexico’s plans for Chiapas angers local – Al Jazeer reports on Bachajon’s story of resisting the mega-eco tourism project.
Residents of San Sebastian Bachajon demand their right to live and work the land surrounding Agua Azul. These three video messages to tell their story of resistance to the Bad Government and private enterprise which want to build a mega eco-tourist resort on their land. .
The community has controlled the toll booth at the entrance to the Agua Azul Waterfalls, but recently local police and paramilitaries make threats against this community on a daily basis. A roadblock at the site and international solidarity campaign have resisted some of the repression, but harrassment and violence continues. Currently 5 community members are unlawfully detained. The community demands their immediate release and that justice be done in their community.
First Video message 06 March 2011
Segundo Mensaje de San Sebastian Bachajon (Second video message 01 April 2011)
Tercer Mensaje de San Sebastián Bachajón (Third video message 24 April 2011)
Salud y Solidaridad / Health and Solidarity – this 21-minute film introduces who the Zapatistas are, and explains how the 40 indigenous villages in the rural Zapatista Autonomous Municipality ’16th February’ in Mexico, are in great need of a better health and education infrastructure. The municipality is twinned with Scotland and a number of solidarity groups who are working to raise money for local projects, and build awareness and support for the Zapatista movement in Scotland. For those indigenous villages, international links and solidarity are vital for their future.
In 2004 they asked the Scottish solidarity groups to support them in building their first autonomous health clinic. Showing its successful construction, this film made by Camcorder Guerillas in collaboration with members of the Chiapas solidarity group in Scotland is being used to raise both awareness and money for continued support of the Health Centre in Municipality 16th February.
For more information, or to buy the video, or to donate directly to the clinic or school visit: edinchiapas.org.uk
Romper el Cerco / Breaking the Siege – a documentary from Canal 6 de Julio and Promedios, 47 minutes.
‘Breaking the Siege’ looks at the first days of May 2006 when the state and federal Mexican police cracked down on the residents of San Salvador Atenco, a town near Mexico City. This film shows the violence that erupted when the police blocked a group of flower vendors from selling in a nearby market town. Previously in 2002 Atenco residents and the authorities battled over the expropriation of town land to build a new six-runway airport. The residents won, there is no new airport. This documentary deconstructs the mass media’s operating methods, which created a climate of fear and an information blockade on these 2006 events in San Salvador Atenco. All in the midst of an especially delicate situation: the lead up to the 2006 presidential elections in Mexico. The attack was also a veiled warning to the Zapatistas who had recently launched The Other Campaign. The federal State of Mexico, with a nod from the Federal Government, simply demonstrated their ability to repress and use counter-insurgent tactics.
Then governor of Mexico State Enrique Peña Nieto ordered the police action, and he is now the leading Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) candidate in this year’s presidential elections. The footage is brutal, but worth watching.