Gainesville Industrial Workers of the World Present: "A Place Called Chiapas"

Published Jimmy - Sun, 04/17/2011 - 9:33pm

On January 1, 1994, the Zapatista National Liberation Army, made up of impoverished Mayan Indians from the state of Chiapas, took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico. The Government deployed its troops, and at least 145 people died in the ensuing battle. Fighting for indigenous Mexicans to regain control over their lives and the land, the Zapatista Army, led by the charismatic, guerilla poet Subcommandante Marcos, started sending their message to the world via the Internet. The result was what The New York Times called "the world's first post-modern revolution."

"A Place Called Chiapas" (1998) documents filmmaker Nettie Wild's travels to the jungle canyons of southern Mexico, three years after the uprising. Nettie Wild and her crew spent eight months with the Zapatistas and those in the surrounding areas. Her film effectively and movingly captures the human dimensions behind the uprising and the conditions of the ongoing ceasefire. (www.canadawildproductions)

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a radical union that was founded in 1905. The IWW is open to workers of all occupations, including the unemployed, and has always welcomed women, people of color, and immigrants to their ranks. (

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 7:00pm
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