A Place Called Chiapas

Overview

While Mexico's indigenous peoples have been struggling for years to gain political representation and economic justice, their battles came to a head on January 1, 1994, when a militant political faction, the Zapatista National Liberation Army or EZLN, led by a mysterious man known only as Subcommandante Marcos, led a massive raid that took control of five villages and 500 ranches in Mexico. The EZLN's actions were in protest of the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA, which among other ...
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Overview

While Mexico's indigenous peoples have been struggling for years to gain political representation and economic justice, their battles came to a head on January 1, 1994, when a militant political faction, the Zapatista National Liberation Army or EZLN, led by a mysterious man known only as Subcommandante Marcos, led a massive raid that took control of five villages and 500 ranches in Mexico. The EZLN's actions were in protest of the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA, which among other things cleared the way for agricultural imports that effectively destroyed the livelihood of Mexico's poorest citizens. Since then, the Mexican government has ruthlessly hunted down the EZLN and their leadership, though officials have denied the existence of the Peace and Justice Party, the paramilitary group established to wipe out the EZLN. For A Place Called Chiapas, Canadian documentarian Nettie Wild spent nine months in Chiapas, Mexico, one of the nation's poorest regions and a stronghold of the EZLN, following the activities of both the EZLN rebels and the Peace and Justice party, and scoring a rare on-camera interview with Marcos who prefers to communicate using the more anonymous and widely circulated medium of the Internet. A Place Called Chiapas won the prize for Best Documentary at the 1998 Los Angeles International Film Festival.
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Special Features

Alternate Spanish language voiceover narration; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Zapatista Uprising chronology, with updates and historical background
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • UPC: 795975106733
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 58,964

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Nettie Wild Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
Robin Lupit Bain Camera Operator
Manfred Becker Editor, Screenwriter
Betsy Carson Producer, Production Manager
Joseph Pepe Danza Score Composer
Salvador Ferreras Score Composer
Celso Machado Score Composer
Laurence Mollerup Score Composer
Velcrow Ripper Sound/Sound Designer
Kirk Tougas Cinematographer, Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [4:58]
2. La Realidad [2:05]
3. NAFTA, Birth of the Revolution [6:54]
4. Encuentro, a Gathering [11:58]
5. The Hidden War [10:56]
6. Power in Mexico City [3:21]
7. Peace Negotiations [5:45]
8. The Big Ranch Families [11:28]
9. Last Day of Encuentro [14:26]
10. Return of the Refugees [10:17]
11. Day of the Dead [6:22]
12. End Credits [3:42]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Chapters
   Alternate Subtitles
      English SDH: On
      English SDH: Off
   Alternate Audio
      Spanish Voiceover: On
      Spanish Voiceover: Off
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