Photo @ Shari Kohlmeyer
From November 1st to 9th, the first Zapatista film festival entitled “Impossible Cinema – Puy ta Cuxlejaltic” (Caracol of our Life) took place, mainly in the Caracol at Oventik, but also with activities and films in the Integral Indigenous Training Center (CIDECI) in San Cristobal de Las Casas. The festival was “fundamentally conceived for the original Zapatista peoples, for their viewing and the eyes of the people who work in or around fiction films and documentary films, who have been invited.” To attend and make the event possible, about four thousand Zapatistas came from the Caracoles in Chiapas. In addition, civil society organizations from San Cristobal de Las Casas, interested people and personalities of Mexican cinema, such as Gael Garcia Bernal, attended.
In addition to the presentation of films of various genres and numerous documentaries a day in two cinemas and on an open-air screen, there was a cultural and interactive program in the form of discussions and workshops. The festival was proposed as an “alternative to the times of death we live”, as well as to “rethink our world with a critical vision and imagine other possible worlds.”
Part of the festival was not only the presentation, but also the recognition of films in their corresponding category (for example “Fall and Get up” or “Look at Yourself in the Mirror”) and of workers in the film industry for their work.
Finally, the festival ended as it began with music, dance and joy combined with Tsotsil traditions and the memory of key events in the Zapatista struggle and growth. It closed with the promise that this first festival will not be the last.
For more information in Spanish:
Una invitación a: “El cine imposible”. Comisión Sexta del EZLN, octubre del 2018. (Enlace Zapatista, 4 de octubre de 2018)
Festival de cine “Puy ta Cuxlejaltic”. Programa General. (Enlace Zapatista, 30 de octubre de 2018)
Termina el Festival de cine Puy ta Cuxlejaltic – Caracol de Oventic (Radio Zapatista, 10 de noviembre de 2018)
Arranca el Festival de cine zapatista Puy ta Cuxlejaltic (Somos el medio, 3 de noviembre de 2018)
Gael García, de abrazo con el sub Galeano (El Universal, 5 de noviembre de 2018)
Festival de cine Puy ta Cuxlejaltic (Caracol de nuestra vida) (Radio Zapatista, 9 de noviembre de 2018)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Chiapas: EZLN Announces “The Impossible Cinema” (October 14th, 2018)
Chiapas: Comunicado EZLN (primera parte) UNA FINCA, UN MUNDO, UNA GUERRA, POCAS PROBABILIDADES, (22 de agosto de 2018)