Wednesday, September 12, 2007

"El Machete" Screening

Please join independent filmmaker Simon Sedillo for a screening of "el machete: la lucha por el poder popular” and a discussion on neoliberalism and resistance in Oaxaca, Mexico.

There are three upcoming Austin events:

Tuesday, Sept. 18th @ Resistencia Bookstore - 7pm
1801-A South First St. 512-416-8885

Thursday, Sept. 20th @ Univ. of Texas GRG 102 - 7pm
Corner of 24th & Whitis

Friday, Sept. 21st @ Monkeywrench Bookstore - 7pm
110 E. North Loop 512-407-6925

“el machete: la lucha por el poder popular” is Proyecto Autogestion’s debut film project. All the camera persons are indigenous community members, mostly women and youth, organizing under the auspices of the Committee Organized in Defense of the People’s Rights (CODEP).

The editing was completed through collective media arts workshops, which now, along with donated equipment, have contributed to the ability of CODEP to edit its own film projects. Proyecto Autogestion is the fusion of and Palenque Urbana in an attempt to challenge models of international solidarity with communities in resistance by contributing to their self-empowerment through media workshops and equipment.

Simón Sedillo is a community-based human rights filmmaker. Sedillo has spent the last 6 years documenting and teaching community based video documentation in indigenous communities in Oaxaca, in immigrant communities in the US, and with youth of color across the US.

In Oaxaca, Sedillo has been working with CODEP and the Oaxacan Popular Magonista Antineoliberal Coordination (COMPA), both predecessors of the Oaxacan People’s Popular Assembly (APPO). Sedillo collaborated with the Austin Independent Media Center ( and COMPA on the 2005 production of “El Enemigo Común”, which documents the birth of COMPA and its resistance to paramilitary activity in Oaxaca from 2001-2005.

To view trailer for "el machete: la lucha por el poder popular":

Event sponsored by: UT MEChA & Student/Farmworker Alliance - ATX