The Zapatistas and the Rainforests of Chiapas, Mexico (1996) youtube.com

Submitted by ladyanarchist in Documentaries

" While it has become quite trendy among politicians in the US to denounce global trade deals, especially NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), this first film from 1996 documents the origins of the fight against NAFTA in the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico. While 20 years old, the issues in this film are just as relevant today. As this film shows, on January 1, 1994, the day NAFTA went into effect, an army of Indigenous Peoples, some using only wooden cut outs as guns, emerged from the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico to fight against this trade deal that the Zapatistas had condemned as “a death sentence for the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico.” Today, as social movements around the world continue to resist unjust “free” trade agreements such as the TPP (TransPacific Partnership), the Zapatistas continue to be an inspiration."


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