Starting Date: 06-08-2006
Starting Time: 7:00pm
766 Valencia St
San Francisco, California 94110
415-437-3400Nuestra Lucha Es De Todos - Our Struggle is Everyone's Struggle
An Evening Inspired by Indigenous Organizing in Oaxaca, Mexico
Thursday, June 8, 2006. 7:00 pm
"Nuestra Lucha por Vivir/Our Struggle to Live"
report-back on current political situation
and organizing in Chiapas and Oaxaca
exhibit of artwork inspired by film
New College of California
776 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
fundraiser for the Chiapas Peace House Project, UCIZONI and Otro Periodismo
$5-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
artwork will also be available for sale
About the Film: "Our Struggle to Live, Building People's Alternatives" (Nuestra Lucha Por Vivir, Construyendo Alternativas Para los Pueblos ) presents the struggle of indigenous communities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, to survive in the face of economic and cultural marginalization heightened by the current global economy.
The film profiles five alternative economic projects initiated within these communities: a group of fish farmers working to better their sustainability and farming practices; a women's textile cooperative; a cooperative formed to make and sell totopo, the local equivalent of tortillas; a group organizing to sustainably farm ixtle, a plant that produces fibers for making ropes and cords; and a women's cattle breeding and dairy collective.
Members of these collectives speak to the difficulties they face due to the forces of neoliberal globalization, which lead many people from the region to migrate to the United States seeking work. The alternative economic programs they are developing, as well as other projects to revive and maintain indigenous culture and traditions, are tools in their struggle to survive as communities and to create a sustainable relationship with the land.
The testimonies and images make the case that another world and a different future are, indeed, possible.
The film was produced by the Union of Indigenous Communities in the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI), and directed, filmed and edited by Violeta Chávez Regalado and Bertha Rodríguez Santos.
More Information: www.chiapaspeacehouse.org
Geographical Scope: Local