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A Place Called Chiapas ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB530389
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Betsy Carson, Svend-Erik Eriksen, Nettie Wild
Directors:  Nettie Wild
Producing Agencies:  Canada Wild Productions Ltd. (Vancouver),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, First Nations Studies, Global Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, World History
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1998
Running Time:  93m
Closed Captions:  Yes

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On January 1, 1994, the day the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force, the indigenous Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico. Three years later, the Zapatistas and their charismatic leader, guerrilla poet Subcomandante Marcos, are trapped in the Locandon jungle. Surrounded by 30,000 Mexican troops, they struggle to maintain a nervous ceasefire.

Despite on-going peace talks, hundreds have been killed. Director Nettie Wild travels throughout the jungle canyons of Chiapas to capture the elusive and fragile life of a revolution threatened by right-wing paramilitary death squads. On camera, the death squads accuse the Zapatistas of violence. Off camera, they threaten to kill the film crew.

A Place Called Chiapas provides chilling insight into modern Mexico. Through eight months of filming, Nettie Wild takes the audience with her on a personal journey through fear, hope and illusion.

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