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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, February 3, 2014

Film 'Gwich'in Women Speak'

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"Gwich'in Women Speak" an inspiring and moving short documentary film by Miho Aida is now doing the film festival circuit and is available on DVD online at mihoaida.com/gwichin/dvd/.

The film has been screening worldwide and will be at the Alaska Forum for the Environment Film Festival this week in Anchorage at the Dena'ina Convention Center at 9:45am on Thursday, Feb.6th and 9:40am on Friday, Feb.7th.

The women of the Gwich'in Nation have been speaking out for over 25 years on this issue and so eloquently capture why the birthing grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd known to our communities as The Sacred Place Where Life Begins need to be protected for future generations.

Please write your US Senators and Representatives and urge them to sign on to S1695 or HR139
to designate the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness
to protect this sacred place once and for all.

Please do share this powerful film with friends and family!

Hai' zhrii Diilak Naii!  Thank you so much for your support of the Gwich'in Steering Committee!


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VIDEO New Zealand's Tribute to Zapatistas 20 Years in Photos




Exhibition in New Zealand honours the Zapatista uprising and achievements

By Enlace Zapatista
Censored News

In New Zealand, The Wellington Zapatista Support Group has organised a photograph exhibition to commemorate to 20th anniversary of the EZLN uprising in Chiapas, to celebrate their achievements and honour their struggle, their sacrifices, and their dead.
The exhibition is being shown for one week in the Thistle Gallery, in the centre of the capital city of Wellington, between 27 January and 02 February 2014.
Featuring photographs by Frida Hartz, Efraim and Jorge Herrera, and Julie Webb-Pullman as well as including one each from the Chiapas Support Committee and Geraldo Villarroe, the exhibition covers 20 years of iconic and ordinary moments in the lives of the Zapatistas and the construction of their autonomous communities.
“We tried to get two photographs from each year,” said one of the organisers, “but as we were offered the gallery at very short notice, it was not possible in the available time. So we are already starting the search now for a 25th anniversary exhibition – because for sure, the Zapatistas will still be here!”
The photographs are interspersed with brief information on major events in each of the 20 years, providing both a written and photographic lesson for the public.
A professional artist who visited the gallery said she was very impressed with the exhibition. “I love the way it starts in black and white, with the armed uprising, and progresses through the years to very positive peaceful and constructive images in bright colours. It is almost like a trip from the darkness of the underworld into the light of life.”
Although the Wellington Zapatista Support Group does not expect the exhibition to raise a lot of money for the Zapatista communities, it has certainly raised a lot of awareness about their struggle.
“Most of the people who come in tell us they knew nothing, or very little, about the Zapatistas before they saw the exhibition. We feel as if we achieved something if we manage to educate even one person, but this week we have educated hundreds. So to us, it is a great success. We hope they will help us continue the struggle in New Zealand, to build a better world in which many worlds fit.”
Wellington Zapatista Support Group
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