Those With Voice (Los Con Voz)
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by Jeff Arak
color, 55 min, 2008
Those With Voice documents current efforts in the Southern Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas to produce what social scientists have dubbed "indigenous media."
A pacifist group of radio engineers travel days to man the transmitter cabin in the hills of Chiapas, providing the surrounding communities with information about current events, family health, and national politics. An archaeologist in Massachusetts explains how his field has changed throughout the twentieth century. And an international film festival brings together visionaries from twenty-three countries including a girl from Finland searching for love and a Cree man working to keep his peoples' oral history alive.
These stories illustrate the complexities of the indigenous experience today while at the same time promoting the universality of the human spirit. Through it all we find the undeniable desire to speak and be heard.
This DVD also contains Voice Through Film (13 min), a short clip which further emphasizes the importance of media access and dissemination.
Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
"Ownership and Appropriation," Joint Conference of the ASA, the ASAANZ and the AAS, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2008
International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Quebec, Canada, 2009
Muestra de Cine Documental y Etnografico, Puerto Rico, 2009
Days of Ethnographic Film, Slovenia, 2009