Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Houston Screening of "EL MACHETE"

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Houston Indymedia Proudly Presents a screening of:

El Machete: La Lucha por el Poder Popular
Produced by: Proyecto Autogestion (2007 : 55 mins)
Presented by: Simon Sedillo

Wednesday, September 26th : 8 p.m.
At Rice Cinema

Discussion with filmmaker Simón Sedillo on neoliberalism and resistance in Oaxaca, Mexico at the screening.

“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 http://www.elenemigocomun.net/ and Palenque Urbana in an attempt to challenge models of international solidarity.

Simón Sedillo is a community based human rights film-maker whose work has centered on placing skills, cameras and editing equipment in the hands of communities in resistance so that they may be able to document their own histories and human rights situation. 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 The Committee Organized in Defense of the People’s Rights (CODEP), and The Oaxacan Popular Magonista Antineoliberal Coordination (COMPA), both predecessors of APPO (the Oaxacan People's Popular Assembly). Sedillo collaborated with the Austin Independent Media Center and COMPA on the 2005 production of "El Enemigo Comun", which documents the birth of COMPA and its resistance to paramilitary activity in Oaxaca from 2001 - 2005. In March of 2007, Sedillo facilitated the co-production of "El Machete- La Lucha por el Poder Popular" a documentary showing the day to day struggles for land, water, crops and transportation, filmed and edited by indigenous women and youth from Oaxaca. Sedillo’s work in Oaxaca has contributed to the liberation of 21 political prisoners, and has continued to support several international human rights campaigns.

Rice Cinema is located on the Rice University Campus at entrance #8: Univeristy Blvd. and Stockton Dr. ricecinema.rice.edu
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