Tierra Sagrada

Promedios Promedios. 2000. Mexico. vo Spanish. 18’


For more then 500 years indigenous people in Chiapas have been struggling to regain ownership of their lands. Until the Zapatista uprising in 1994, most indigenous people in Chiapas existed by working on large plantations for rich landowners. “The Sacred Land” describes what life was like on these plantations. It includes stories that go back four generations about slavery-like conditions in which people worked for the rancheros. Produced in the autonomous municipality of "November 17th" and edited by indigenous video makers, The Sacred Land helps provide a context for the events of 1994 through unique insight into the past. Community members reflect on how life has changed since 1994 and express their hopes and dreams for their collective future.